Browse Interviews (107 total)

John Denton is a native of Cumberland County, TN. He attended University of Tennessee at 16 years old. In this interview Denton describes his college career and the ROTC experience. He joined the Army after obtaining his master's degree and served in…

James Chenault is a native of Madison County, KY. He attended EKU and discusses campus life, instructors and his military experience with the US Navy. He also discusses law school at the University of Kentucky and his career of being an attorney and…

Richard Thomas is a native of Kentucky and a US Air Force veteran. He attended EKU and shares his impressions of campus life. He also discusses working at EKU after graduation and later working at the University of Kentucky Hospital. After working in…

Robert McKinney was born in Hart County, Kentucky. He joined the Army after high school and upon being discharged he was hired by the Louisville Police Department. He would later join the State Police force before coming to EKU to help start the Law…

Guy Strong was born in Irvine, Kentucky, where he played multiple sports growing up. He attended the University of Kentucky from 1948-1951, on a basketball scholarship, where he found himself on a national championship team. He transferred to EKU for…

Manchester native Elbert Hudson graduated joined the Navy as a machinist during World War II. In this interview, Mr. Hudson describes his experience in the Navy, including the sinking of his ship off Okinawa. After the service he began attending EKU…

Richard Futrell was born in Louisiana and through years of working, attending college in a few universities, and time as a National Guardsman, he graduated in 1968 with a degree in psychology from the University of Houston. Then, he studied sociology…

Dan Lichty came from Pasadena, California. He began swimming at a young age and took a scholarship to Ohio State, finishing his bachelor's and master's degrees at California State. Mr. Lichty discusses coaching the dive and swimming teams at EKU and…

Doug Oliver is from Clark County. Initially having been offered basketball scholarships to other universities, his father refused to let him play thinking it was more important to excel academically. He discusses how EKU helped him in his career,…

Mike Embry was born in Louisville, but lived throughout Kentucky during his high school years. He attended Morehead State University, the University of Louisville, and was in the Air Force before he came to EKU in 1973. In this interview Mr. Embry…

Dr. Karl Kuhn is a native of Louisville. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Physics at Bellarmine College in 1961 and a Master's at the University of Kentucky in 1963, Dr. Kuhn interviewed at EKU for a teaching position. In this interview he…

Bill Walters grew up in Madison County and attended EKU. This interview discusses his impressions of the school and the on-the-job experience he obtained while in college. He recounts instructors, entertainment, and his opinion of President Martin.…

Shannon Johnson, a native of Madison County, attended EKU on a football scholarship. In this interview Johnson discusses campus life, sports, and his memories of teammates. He discusses President Martin and shares his account of Vice-president Lyndon…

Paul Blanchard is a native of Flint, Michigan. He attended Flint Junior College, University of Michigan, and Southern Illinois University, and also earning his PhD from the University of Kentucky. In this interview he discusses teaching at EKU, his…

Joan Boewe is a native of Michigan. Her education includes Michigan State University and a Fulbright to study in Germany. In this interview she discusses looking for a teaching position when she found EKU. She describes Opera Shop, a challenging…

William Kenneth McCarty is a native of Henry County, KY. He attended EKU and became a teacher at Sulphur Elementary School. He attended UK to receive a Master's degree in Education Administration. In this interview he discusses campus life and…

Virginia Yeager is a native of Estill County, Kentucky. She attended EKU and earned her degree in teaching. In this interview she describes campus and her first impressions. She also reflects on teachers she had and students that stood out to her.

John Gump taught in the business department at EKU. In this interview he discusses his education, military experience and the circumstances of coming to EKU. He gives his opinions of the deans under whom he served and the presidents at EKU.

Carol Teague is a native of Ohio. In this interview she discusses her education at Ohio University, meeting her husband, and coming to EKU for a teaching position where she worked as a research assistant in EKU Data Processing Department. She…

Robert Hartwell was the Band Director at EKU. In this interview he discusses his career and education prior to coming to EKU. He recounts his first impressions of EKU and the circumstances that brought him to Eastern. Hartwell also shares details on…

In this interview, Glen Kleine discusses his educational, military, and family background. He recounts his reasons for choosing journalism and the circumstances that brought him to EKU. While teaching, he established a journalism minor and initiated…

Robert Baugh held many positions at EKU, including faculty and administration roles. In this interview he discusses changes in departments and new programs. He also gives his opinion on past presidents. Baugh also recounts collegiate sports and the…

Nancy Forderhase is a native of South Dakota and Gene Forderhase, a native of Missouri. In this interview the duo discusses their educational backgrounds and careers as history teachers. They discuses arriving at EKU in 1966 to teach. They also…

John Rose is a native of Clark County, KY. In this interview Rose discusses growing up on a farm and his education at EKU. He recounts his time at EKU and how it helped him prepare for his endeavors. He also discusses the building boom under…

Dr. Ursel Boyd is a former professor of German at EKU. She was born in Berlin, Germany. In this interview, Boyd describes growing up in Germany and the impacts of World War II. Her reasons for coming to Kentucky are founded in the Cuban Missile…

In this interview Mr. Clawson discusses his family background and education. He describes his first position as Dean of Associate Degree Programs. He also discusses the Law Enforcement Program, and other new programs such as Agriculture, Technology…

EKU President

EKU President

Robert R. Martin talks about retiring from Eastern Kentucky University presidency and his time serving as a State Senator.

Professor of Education and Dean of the College of Education at EKU

Dr. Robert R. Martin is President Emeritus of Eastern Kentucky University and retired Kentucky State Senator. Dr. Martin discusses his years in the legislature and views on Kentucky government.

Vice President of Business Affairs at Northern Kentucky University

Mr. Robert E. Tarvin was born in Kentucky and educated in the public schools of Williamsburg, Ohio. He came to Eastern Kentucky University as a football player and obtained his A.B. and Ma. He completed a doctorate at Indiana University. Mr. Tarvin…

Dr. William E. Sexton is a native Kentuckian born and raised in Harrison County. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky State College and received his Ed.D. at the University of Missouri. He has been employed at Eastern since 1957, serving as Chairman of…

Ralph Whalin is a native Kentuckian, born in Edmonson County. He attended Western Kentucky University and did graduate work at the University of Missouri. He came to Eastern in 1936 and worked 37 years, retiring in 1973. Thirty of those years he…

Dr. Thomas Myers is a native of Ohio. He helped develop the Allied Health Program at Eastern and he is now serving as Vice President of Student Affairs. Dr. Myers worked under Dr. Robert Martin for 14 years.

Mr. Charles Combs replaced his father on the Board of Regents in 1974. He has known Dr. Martin for many years. Mr. Combs graduated from Eastern in 1964 and he is a Richmond resident.

Mr. J.C. Powell has worked with Dr. Martin for many years, dating from Dr. Martin's tenure as Superintendent of Public Instruction. Dr. Powell served as Vice President of the Office of Business Affairs.

Congressman Tim Carter is a physician and helped establish the nursing program at Eastern. He currently is a United States Representative from the Fifth Congressional District in Kentucky.

Mr. Stephen Wilborn attended Eastern Kentucky University in the late 1960's and graduated with a B.A. in political science in 1969. He was elected president of the student body twice and Mr. Wilborn served as a student regent, the first student ever…

President Otis Singletary is a native of Texas and graduated with a Ph.D. in History from Louisiana State University. He was appointed President of UK in 1969. Prior to his appointment as President, he served as Chancellor, University of North…

Dr. John Rowlett is a native of Texas and currently serves as Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Research at Eastern. He came to Eastern during the 1950's. During Dr. Martin's tenure as President he worked very closely with Dr. Martin in the…

Beverly Yeiser is a native of Daviess County, Kentucky. He attended both Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky. Mr. Yeiser owns and operates a poultry business. In 1974, Mr. Yeiser was appointed to the Board of Regents.
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