Doug Whitlock is devoted to upholding the rich tradition of his Alma Mater while guiding her to greater excellence.
He has initiated and overseen capital, regional stewardship, student success and academic research projects that will long define Eastern's future. These include Kentucky's second largest performing arts center and an impressive science building, both slated to open Fall 2011; the innovative Noel Studio for Academic Creativity (based in EKU's John Grant Crabbe Library); and the Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies.
Those who best know President Whitlock describe him as a person who "connects dots," as he believes in the power of collaboration. He exemplifies this through his long-term service as a member of the Madison County Schools Board of Education (1999-2011), the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Commerce Lexington's Central Kentucky Public Policy Council, Bluegrass Tomorrow Board of Directors, and through his active involvement with the International Town and Gown Association, the Southern Growth Policies Board and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
During his tenure, Eastern Kentucky University has garnered several national recognitions, including: designations by Forbes and U.S. News as being among America's best colleges; distinctions as a community-engaged university by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Washington (DC) Monthly magazine; and recognition for two consecutive years as one of America's "Great Colleges to Work For," including 2010's designation as an Honor Roll institution, by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Most notably, perhaps, is EKU's recognition as a veterans-friendly campus by G.I. Jobs magazine and a Number 1 ranking in the nation by Military Times EDGE magazine with its "Best for Vets" honor.
After earning two degrees from Eastern as a first-generation undergraduate—a bachelor's degree in history and social science in 1965 and a master's degree in history a year later—President Whitlock earned his doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Kentucky in 1981.