The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve the recommendation from the presidential search committee to make David McFaddin the 14th president of EKU.
McFaddin has been serving as interim president since January after former president Michael Benson resigned.
“My job is to serve. Yes, I’m expected to lead, yes, I’m expected to be accountable, but more importantly I am here to support and provide for our students, faculty and to everyone of my cabinet members,” McFaddin said after accepting the role.
“I have the most amazing group of people who are dedicated to this institution in a way that I wouldn't want to serve with anyone else,” an emotional McFaddin said. “I think you will see the best of us. The best for this institution is ahead of us and EKU is in good hands because they are absolutely amazing people.”
The regents thanked the search committee for their efforts and work recommending McFaddin.
Regent Lynn Taylor Tye said, “I don’t think we could have been in better hands since this pandemic began than Dr. McFaddin. I have never seen anyone pull a team together as quickly and as well as he has. They have addressed every issue on campus and off campus with distance learning and they always put the students first.”
The presidential search committee recommended McFaddin during their meeting on Aug. 10.
“Everyone I have spoken with has said that Dr. McFaddin has been doing a wonderful job. I have no doubt that Dr. McFaddin will continue to do a very good job for this institution,” Staff Regent Philip Gump said.
Faculty regent and co-chair for the presidential search committee, Jason Marion said McFaddin is very well suited for this particular position because he is a product of Eastern Kentucky and has a strong work ethic.
“I know he cares immensely about this institution and I don’t think he has any reservations that would impact him from being 100 percent all in for Eastern,” Marion said.
The Board went into executive session to discuss the OVC decision to move all fall 2020 sports to spring 2021. No action was taken on that matter.
The next Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for Sept. 10.