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A History of Eastern Kentucky University: The School of Opportunity

by William E. Ellis

Availablecloth$40.00s 978-0-8131-2346-2
320 pages  Pubdate: 05/20/2005  6 x 9  photos

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond, Kentucky, celebrated its centennial in 2006. EKU has had a colorful history, from the political quandaries surrounding the inception of its predecessor institutions to its financial difficulties during the Depression to its maturing as a leading regional university. Reflecting on the social, economic, and cultural changes in the region over the last century, William E. Ellis follows each university president’s administration in the context of the times. Interviews of alumni, faculty, staff, and political figures add to the story. A History of Eastern Kentucky University is an essential resource for those interested in a vital educational institution and in the progression of public higher education in Kentucky and the region.

William E. Ellis, university historian and Foundation Professor Emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University, is the author of several books, including The Kentucky River. In 1999, he received the Governor's Award for his book Robert Worth Bingham and the Southern Mystique.

Ellis does an excellent job of examining Eastern Kentucky University against the backdrop of local, national, and world events, including Reconstruction, the World Wars, the Great Depression, the New Deal, the Cold War, and 9/11. Substantive and witty, A History of Eastern Kentucky University will interest both alumni and historians. -- John Ernst, Morehead State University

With each chapter devoted to a presidential administration, this work traces the history of EKU from its founding in 1906 as a normal school to 2004. -- Kentucky Kaleidoscope

A well-rounded look at the Richmond institution, addressing the university's inner turmoils and conflicts, growth and triumphs, and outside forces, particularly those from Frankfort. -- Kentucky Monthly

Does a great job of bringing the past into focus, and offering an understanding to guide EKU's future. -- Louisville Courier-Journal

Vividly depicts events and personalities that shaped the institution that has done so much to shape education in Kentucky. -- Richmond Register