EKU names new chief information officer

Jeff Whitaker
Jeff Whitaker

RICHMOND, Ky. — Jeff Whitaker was named Eastern Kentucky University’s chief information officer, the university announced Tuesday.

Whitaker had been deputy chief information officer at EKU since 2014. In that role, he managed vendor contracts and negotiations with vendors such as Oracle, Cisco, Ellucian, and Microsoft. Whitaker also oversaw an $8 million budget and was responsible for strategic planning/forecasting in leading EKU technology decisions for future student learning.

Before Whitaker began his role as deputy chief information officer, he was the EKU’s director of information services from 2006-14. During that time, he managed as many as 22 employees and worked with the day-to-day functions of Ellucian Banner.

Whitaker has been with EKU since 1997, serving as a senior programmer/analyst until 2006.

“As an EKU alum, this opportunity is very exciting. It is my goal that each student has the best possible experience using our IT services,” Whitaker said. “I am fortunate that we have many highly talented individuals in IT and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

Before his time at EKU, Whitaker worked at Computrex Inc. as a computer programmer and at Toyota Motor Manufacturing.

Whitaker earned a bachelor’s of business administration in computer informational systems from Eastern Kentucky in 1994. He earned a certificate in leadership excellence from the EKU College of Business in 2007.

Whitaker and his wife April have been married for 15 years and have two sons. He has coached more than 20 youth sports teams in basketball, baseball, soccer and football in the Richmond area since 2011.