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July 12, 2012
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EKU president among about 30 leaders to attend White House event

Conducted in connection with president’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

EKU President Doug Whitlock

RICHMOND, Ky. (July 12, 2012) — Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock was among approximately 30 presidents of public and private universities invited to attend a Monday reception and briefing at the White House. The event was conducted in connection with President Barack Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which encourages faith-based programs and services to function ecumenically on America’s campuses.

The president did not attend, but present were several high-ranking administration officials and dignitaries, including Mara Vanderslice Kelly, deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Eboo Patel, founder and president, Interfaith Youth Core; Wendy Spencer, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service; Martha Kanter, undersecretary for higher education, U.S. Department of Education; Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for education policy; and Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama.

The 90-minute event, co-hosted by the White House Office for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Interfaith Youth Core, included a roundtable discussion among the attendees.

This was the second time this year Whitlock has been invited along with a select group of other college or university presidents to attend a White House briefing by senior administration officials. The first was involved state representatives of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and focused on affordability.

 

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