EKU Names Michael T. Benson New President

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Eastern Kentucky University has named Michael T. Benson as its new president.

The Board of Regents chose Benson on Friday at a special meeting on the Richmond campus.

Benson, president of Southern Utah University, succeeds Doug Whitlock, who is retiring.

EKU said in a news release that the 48-year-old Benson has been successful in raising tens of millions of dollars for Southern Utah, where he has been president since 2006.

Benson was chosen after a nationwide search that had been narrowed down to three finalists.

Eastern Kentucky University has about 16,000 students.

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