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March 18, 2013

EKU names three presidential finalists

Campus visits start Sunday evening

RICHMOND — Three finalists to become the 12th president of Eastern Kentucky University were announced Monday by the institution’s Presidential Search and Screening Committee.

They are: Dr. Michael T. Benson, president of Southern Utah University; Dr. Gregg Lassen, Lamar University vice president for finance and operations; and Dr. Alan T. Shao, business school dean for the College of Charleston.

Each of the finalists will visit Eastern for tours and a series of meetings and forums.

Benson will be on campus from Sunday evening, March 24 through noon on Tuesday, March 26.

Lassen will be on campus from Tuesday evening, March 26 through noon on Thursday, March 28.

Shao will be at EKU from Monday evening, April 1 until noon on Wednesday, April 3.

A full itinerary of each finalist’s visit is posted at

Each Presidential Candidate Open Forum will be viewable by live video stream at

“It is with great pride and excitement that we introduce the three finalists,” said Craig Turner, chair of both the EKU Presidential Search and Screening Committee and the university’s board of regents. “We are confident that all three of these candidates have the ability to lead this institution.”

The selection of the finalists follows “an extensive national search,” Turner noted.

“This is an outstanding group of presidential finalists, each of whom has demonstrated proven leadership in all aspects of higher education administration, classroom instruction and scholarship. Drs. Benson, Lassen and Shao are each recognized by their respective institutions and constituencies to have the vision, fortitude, passion and leadership necessary to meet difficult and complex challenges and seize opportunities to take EKU to the next level of academic excellence.

“Additionally, the finalists have demonstrated an active and productive engagement in their respective communities and service regions by developing and enhancing business, industry, government and educational collaborations.”

    Full biographies of each of the candidates can also be found at Abbreviated biographies of the finalists follow:

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