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Office of the Senior Vice President for Operations and Strategic Initiatives

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Operations and Strategic Initiatives is comprised of departments that serve Eastern Kentucky University in the areas of athletics, student life, government relations, conferencing and events, regional stewardship, communications and brand management, economic and community development, innovation and research, and Model Laboratory School.

Under the leadership of Dr. David T. McFaddin, this office serves as a primary contact point for key stakeholders, both internal and external. Internal responsibilities include conveying what it means to be a Colonel through spearheading student recruitment and retention efforts, ensuring the best possible college experience for all EKU students and providing a world class K-12 education at Model Laboratory school, the Commonwealth’s only laboratory school.

Externally, we advocate for Eastern Kentucky University with local, state and federal policymakers, interface with corporate and industry partners, promote economic development throughout EKU’s service region and annually host more than 2,000 conferences and special events on various EKU properties. 

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