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October 4, 2012
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EKU president invited to speak about university’s embrace of military veterans

Topic: ‘From Soldier to Student: Assessing Veteran Program Impact on Institutions’

RICHMOND, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2012) – Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock will discuss EKU’s embrace of military veterans and their dependents when he participates in a session entitled “From Soldier to Student: Assessing Veteran Program Impact on Institutions” at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Whitlock will be one of three presidents to co-present on the topic on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Others on the panel are Meg Benke, acting president of State University of New York-Empire State College, and Javier Miyares, interim president of the University of Maryland-University College. This year’s AASCU conference is scheduled for Oct. 29-31 in New Orleans.

In her invitation to Whitlock, AASCU President Dr. Muriel Howard said: “The leadership and service that Eastern Kentucky University exhibits for veterans, military students and their family members is impressive. Your Operation Veteran Success and the Ten Ways that EKU is dedicated to veteran success are examples worth sharing with other institutions.”

EKU has earned national recognition from multiple sources in recent years for its commitment to helping military veterans and their dependents further their education.

The university recently was named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the fourth consecutive year, a list that honors the top 15 percent of institutions of higher education nationwide that are doing the most to help military veterans. The last two years, among the nation’s four-year colleges and universities, EKU has also earned a No. 1 and No. 2 national rankings, respectively, from Military Edge magazine for its commitment to helping military veterans further their education.

In addition, EKU is one of 14 Pat Tillman Military Scholar Partnership universities nationwide.

More than 1,200 military veterans and their dependents are enrolled at EKU. For more information about services available to veterans at EKU, contact the university’s Veterans Affairs Office at 1-859-622-7838 or visit va.eku.edu.

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