Register staff report
Eastern Kentucky University will fete retiring President Doug Whitlock on Friday, on the heals of entertaining two candidates to succeed him.
A dinner in honor of Whitlock will take place 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Keen Johnson Ballroom.
Sponsored by the board of regents, the dinner is open to the public as well as the university community, according to an EKU news release.
Tickets are $50 each, and reservations should be made no later than Tuesday by calling 622-1583, the release stated.
Half of the ticket proceeds will go to the Doug and Joanne Whitlock Scholarship Fund. Those unable to attend but wish to contribute to the scholarship fund should send donations to University Development, CPO 19A, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, KY 40475-9980.
Whitlock, who has served Eastern in various administrative capacities for more than 40 years, including the past six as its 11th president, announced his retirement at the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year, effective July 31.
A reception, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Walnut Hall of the Keen Johnson Building, will precede Friday’s dinner. It is free and open to the public.
The dinner (business attire) will feature a special musical salute as well as tributes to Whitlock on behalf of the state, higher education, campus and local communities as well as Eastern alumni.
Whitlock has initiated and overseen capital, regional stewardship, student success and academic research projects that have shaped EKU’s future, the news release noted.
These include the EKU Center for the Arts, New Science Building, Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, the Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies and a network of community extension agents.
A Richmond native and two-time graduate of Eastern, Whitlock also has been active in community and regional affairs, including service on the Madison County School Board.
“The board appreciates President Whitlock’s many years of dedicated service to the university,” said Craig Turner, EKU regents chair. “His service has enriched the lives of countless students and colleagues and created an indelible legacy.
“Certainly, few love this university as President Whitlock does,” Turner added, “and this reception and dinner will honor his life and many accomplishments on behalf of Eastern. As he and Joanne enter this new chapter of their lives, we wish them only the best.”
On Monday and Tuesday, Dr. Michael T. Benson, president of Southern Utah University and a potential successor to Whitlock, will be on campus.
He will appear at an open forum, 3 to 4 p.m. Monday in Brock Auditorium and at an open reception, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., in the EKU Center for the Arts.
Another presidential candidate, Dr. Gregg Lassen, vice president for finance and operations for Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday.
His open forum will be 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Brock Auditorium with an open reception, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. that day in the EKU Center for the Arts.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-3, Dr. Alan T. Shao, dean of the College of Charleston business school will be on campus.
His open forum is April 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Brock Auditorium, followed by a 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. open reception in the EKU Center for the Arts.
Each Presidential Candidate Open Forum will be viewable by live video stream at www.eku.edu.
Berea president’s luncheon
A week after EKU honors its outgoing president, the Berea Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the inauguration of Lyle D. Roelofs as president of Berea College.
He will be honored at a noon Thursday, April 4, luncheon in the Conkin Gymnasium of Berea Community School.
Reservations, due Friday, March 29, can be made online at www.bereachamber.com, by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 986-9760.