EKU names new president

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP)- Doug Whitlock was named Monday as the 11th president at Eastern Kentucky University.

Whitlock, 64, a former university administrator, had been serving as interim president since August. He replaced Joanne Glasser, who left to accept the job as president of Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

The university’s board of regents said Whitlock would serve through July 31, 2010.

Regents said positive response from faculty and staff led them to extend his contract. The board voted 9-0 at a special meeting, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on its Web site.

“We have the right guy at the right time,” said regent Orson Oliver of Louisville. “Spending money and going into a national search is no guarantee of success.”

Whitlock will earn $250,000 for his first year in the job, said board Chairman Hunter Bates of Prospect.

Whitlock had retired in 2003 after a 38-year career in several administrative and teaching posts at EKU.

Whitlock has two degrees from EKU – a bachelor’s degree in history and social science and a master’s degree in history. He earned a doctorate in higher education at the University of Kentucky.