Dr. Hanly Funderburk, 8th President of EKU, Passes Away

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Dr. Hanly Funderburk, the eighth president of Eastern Kentucky University, passed away Aug. 4. He was 81.

President Funderburk guided the University from 1985 until his retirement in 1998. Despite difficult budgetary circumstances that required fiscal restraint, the Funderburk presidency was marked by enrollment growth, new academic programs and physical expansion of the campus. The Dizney and Funderburk buildings were constructed during his tenure, Crabbe Library was expanded, and several other projects were in the planning stages at the time of his retirement.

"He dealt with budget cuts in an even-handed and measured manner," EKU President Doug Whitlock said, "instituting strict financial management and some academic and administrative restructuring. To help meet the needs of a growing university, President Funderburk also guided an aggressive development program.

"Perhaps the greatest legacy of the Funderburk presidency was a commitment to regional stewardship." Whitlock continued. "It was his vision for outreach that led to our regional campuses at Corbin, Manchester and Danville, making a college degree more accessible and affordable for thousands of appreciative Eastern Kentuckians."

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Montgomery, Ala. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, followed by a memorial service at 11.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Helen and Hanly Funderburk Student Alumni Ambassador Fund, EKU Foundation, CPO 19A, Jones 321, EKU; or to Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, the Auburn University at Montgomery Scholarship Fund, or Saint James School, all in Montgomery.

Alabama Heritage Funeral Home (334-215-0180) is handling arrangements. Condolences to the family may be offered at www.alabamaheritagefh.com.

Published on August 07, 2012