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President David T. McFaddin

Dr. David T. McFaddin was appointed President of Eastern Kentucky University on August 20, 2020.

Students First

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In a recent message to campus employees, Dr. McFaddin said: "The well-being and success of our students is the common bond that connects every area of campus. It is a gratifying result, but getting there requires dedication and persistence by every member of the team." As a Kentucky native, first-generation student, and EKU graduate, he understands the importance of the student experience at Eastern. "This University placed me on a path that I could not imagine as an optimistic student from Paintsville, Kentucky." As President, David is confident that he can continue and expand efforts to help others achieve their dreams. "I know it can happen, and I am positive the work we do campus-wide will produce great results for our current students."

Dr. McFaddin has made the most of the opportunities during his professional time on campus. He served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Strategic Initiatives, Executive Director of Government Relations, and a part-time faculty member in the Department of Communication and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Since 2013, David is an active member of the President's Council and has overseen many areas of the University, including legislative advocacy, communications, regional outreach, Model Laboratory School, Athletics, and Student Government. His expert experience in government affairs and outstanding business acumen pair well with his love for Eastern, its students, employees, and stakeholders. 

Leadership & Civic Responsibility

Before joining the University, Dr. McFaddin held regional and statewide leadership posts with AT&T, a Fortune 10 company and the largest telecommunications provider in the U.S., for nearly 15 years. His tenure there included significant legislative, regulatory, and strategic initiatives that paved the way for billions of dollars of capital investments in Kentucky. 

Dr. McFaddin's civic engagement and professional service includes the Southern Regional Education Board, SOAR, East Kentucky Leadership Foundation, Past President and executive board member for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Community Trust Bank advisory board, Leadership Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University Chapter Advisor for the Lambda Sigma Honor Society, EKU International Alumni Board, EKU Center for the Arts Community Operations Board, Chemical-Weapon Destruction Community Advisory Board and many other community and professional organizations. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious U.S. Presidential Service Award for his community volunteerism leadership efforts, and in 2013 he received the Eastern Kentucky University Distinguished Alumni Service Award. 

No Place Like Home

Dr. McFaddin and his wife Melissa, a 2002 EKU alum and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, have three children (Isabel, Sophia and Connor). Dr. McFaddin and his family are blessed to be a part of the Richmond community for over 20 years, and they could not think of a better place to live, work, and raise their family. 

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