The Richmond Register

January 9, 2013

McFaddin selected to head government relations for EKU


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University has named David McFaddin as executive director of government relations.

Since 2005, McFaddin had served as regional director for legislative and external affairs for AT&T after serving five years as area manager for BellSouth Telecommunications. In addition, he has served as an adjunct faculty member in EKU’s Department of Communication since 2011.

The Johnson County native earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and graduated summa cum laude from EKU in 1999. He added an MBA degree from the University of Kentucky in 2006 and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies from EKU.

“It is both an honor and privilege to have this opportunity to return to EKU as the executive director of government relations, to work with an exceptional family of faculty and staff who are committed to excellence,” McFaddin said.

“As a first-generation college student from Eastern Kentucky, I can personally attest to the fact that EKU can and does make a positive difference in the lives of our students and our communities. I truly believe that at EKU, you can get there from here.”

McFaddin is president of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, chairs EKU’s Department of Communication advisory board, and is an active board member of Leadership Kentucky and numerous other nonprofit organizations. He also co-chaired the 2010 United Way campaign in Madison County, and in 2012 received a United States Presidential Service Award for his community volunteerism efforts.

He and his wife, Melissa Dye McFaddin, a 2002 EKU graduate, reside in Richmond.