Founded on March 21, 1906 as Eastern Kentucky State Normal School; the institute of higher learning underwent several name changes and was finally renamed as Eastern Kentucky University on February 26, 1966. After signing a bill for renaming the institution, Governor Edward T. Breathitt granted Eastern Kentucky University the permission to award graduate degrees in diverse fields of education. Also referred to as EKU or Eastern, Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education, located in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky.
EKU has a commendable record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth. The main campus spans an area of more than 890 acres. EKU also maintains several regional campuses in Danville, Corbin, and Manchester; and centers in Lancaster, Fort Knox, and Somerset.