Doug Whitlock, Eastern Kentucky University's 11th President, is devoted to upholding the rich tradition of his Alma Mater while guiding her to greater excellence.
He has initiated and overseen capital, regional stewardship, student success and academic research projects that will long define Eastern's future. These include the new arts center and a state-of-the-art science building, the latter opening in January 2012; and the Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies.
Those who best know President Whitlock describe him as a person who "connects dots," as he believes in the power of collaboration. He exemplifies this through his long-term service as a member of the Madison County Schools Board of Education, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Commerce Lexington's Central Kentucky Public Policy Council, Bluegrass Tomorrow Board of Directors, and active involvement with the International Town and Gown Association and the Southern Growth Policies Board. President Whitlock’s interest in furthering international goodwill is illustrated by his membership on the Madison County International Committee (chair since 2007) and his seat on the Board of Directors of the American Committee for KEEP, the Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project in Japan.
During his presidential tenure, EKU has garnered several national recognitions, including: designations by Forbes and U.S. News as being among America's best colleges; distinctions as a community-engaged university by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Washington (DC) Monthly magazine; and recognition as one of America's "Great Colleges to Work For," from the Chronicle of Higher Education. Most notable, perhaps, is EKU's recognition as a military-friendly campus from G.I. Jobs magazine and a Number 1 “Best for Vets” ranking in the nation from Military Times EDGE magazine.
In addition to his two degrees from Eastern (he later added a doctorate from the University of Kentucky), President Whitlock has devoted his entire professional life to EKU, his administrative career now spanning more than 40 years.