Board Members

Craig Turner

Chair, EKU Board of Regents | Contact Craig Turner

Craig TurnerCraig Turner joined the EKU Board of Regents in 2006 and currently serves as its Chair, as well as Chair of the Executive and Academic Affairs Committee. He also chaired the Presidential Search and Screening Committee that selected Dr. Michael Benson as Eastern’s 13th President. The 1975 EKU graduate is Founder and CEO of CRM Companies, a commercial real estate development and facilities management company. He serves on several other boards, including the Lexington Center Corporation (Rupp Arena), as its Finance Chair. His business ventures include hotel, office, industrial properties and restaurants (Raising Cane’s and MOD Pizza). 

Nancy Collins 

Member, EKU Board of Regents | Contact Nancy Collins

Nancy Collins, a partner with the Hazard law firm of Hollon and Collins, has had a general civil trial and appellate practice in the Perry County seat since 1982. Shortly after earning her baccalaureate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky, she served as Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky, 1978-82, and then as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 33rd Judicial Circuit, 1982-91. She was Governor at Large for the Kentucky Justice Association 1993-97 and its 7th District Vice President 1997-2011. She was appointed in 2009 to a six-year term on the Board of Regents, for which she chairs the Internal Affairs Committee.

Janet Craig

Member, EKU Board of Regents | Contact Janet Craig

Janet Craig, a 1974 graduate of EKU, joined the University’s Board of Regents in 2009 and is serving on the Presidential Search and Screening Committee. She is an attorney with Stites & Harbison PLLC, Lexington, specializing in health care law and regulatory insurance issues. Previously, she served as general counsel and director of market conduct and enforcement with the Kentucky Department of Insurance and as special counsel to the Senate Insurance and Banking Committee of the Kentucky General Assembly. She earned her law degree from the University of Kentucky in 1978.

Dr. Richard Day

Faculty Representative, EKU Board of Regents | Contact Richard Day

Dr. Richard Day was elected by his peers in March 2016 to serve a three-year term as Faculty Regent. He had previously served as Chair of the University’s Faculty Senate. An Associate Professor of Educational Foundations in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Day joined the EKU faculty in 2007 after a 31-year career in Kentucky public schools, 25 in school administration. A prolific writer, he has published in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, among other journals, and contributed a chapter to “Kentucky: Government, Politics and Public Policy,” which received the Dr. Thomas D. Clark Medallion. Dr. Day’s influential blog, Kentucky School News & Commentary, is widely read in state education circles. He earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Kentucky and his master’s degree from Xavier University.

Lewis Diaz

Member, EKU Board of Regents

Lewis Diaz, a partner with the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Covington, was appointed to a six-year term on the Board in August 2016. Mr. Diaz concentrates his practice on affordable housing and public finance and is dedicated to the goal of ensuring good, safe, accessible, affordable housing for communities nationwide. In his current role and in his previous position as Chief Counsel to the Kentucky Housing Corporation, he has played a key role in the Scholar House initiative. A native of Cuba and a resident of south Florida through his teenage years, Mr. Diaz was an All-OVC offensive lineman for EKU before earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s of public administration degree from Eastern in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He went on to earn his juris doctorate degree from the Chase College of Law. Mr. Diaz also serves as Vice Chair of the Northern Kentucky Area Development District and on the board of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission

Craig King

Member, EKU Board of Regents

President & CEO, R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC Craig King joined R.J. Corman in 2013 after a 35 year career at CSX with responsibilities in Engineering and Transportation. He is responsible for overseeing the overall operations of all R.J. Corman Railroad companies. This includes Group, Derailment Services, Construction, Aircraft Maintenance, Material Sales, Aviation Services, Shortlines, Switching, Railpower Locomotives Distribution Centers, Storm Team and R. J. Corman Dinner Trains.

Alan Long

Vice Chair, EKU Board of Regents | Contact Alan Long

Alan Long, CPA, CITP, CGMA, managing member of Baldwin CPAs, PLLC, in Richmond, was appointed in January 2014 to fill an unexpired term that ends in June 2014. The 1979 EKU graduate (bachelor’s degree in accounting) was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University’s College of Business & Technology in 2005. In 2012, he was named by Accounting Today as one of 10 managing partner elite in its inaugural selection. For more than 30 years, Mr. Long has actively served the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, including a term as president, and received the Outstanding Committee Chair Award in 2003 for his work with the Peer Review Program. He also has been actively involved with the American Institute of CPAs Peer Review Program, twice receiving the AICPA’s Outstanding Discussion Leader Award. Mr. Long was appointed in 2010 to a four-year term on the Kentucky State Board of Accountancy.

Bryan Makinen

Staff Representative, EKU Board of Regents | Contact Bryan Makinen

Bryan Makinen was elected by his peers in June of 2014 to serve as the Staff Regent.  He is currently the Executive Director of Public Safety & Risk Management for Eastern Kentucky University.  Bryan earned an undergraduate degree in Industrial Safety and Risk Management and a Master of Public Health degree, both from Eastern Kentucky University.  During his time at Eastern, Bryan has served on various committees to include Benefits Advisory, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health & Safety, Responsible Environmental Stewardship, Laboratory Safety, and the Registered Student Organizations Risk Management Committee.  He also has been actively involved with Madison County where he has served as the Chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee since 2007 and as a member of the Chemical Demilitarization Community Advisory Board.

Collin Potter

Student Representative, EKU Board of Regents

Collin Potter, a senior business management and marketing research and analytics major from Mt. Sterling, joined the Board as Student Regent in August 2016. Mr. Potter joined the Student Government Association as a Student Senator in 2013 and was elected President in Spring 2016. He has also served as Treasurer and President of Theta Chi fraternity. Several of his family members have also graduated from Eastern. After graduating from EKU in 2017, Mr. Potter plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration.

Vasu Vasudevan

Member, EKU Board of Regents

Vasu Vasudevan, who was appointed to a six-year term on the EKU Board of Regents in August 2016, has 25 years of experience in Information Technology, Consulting and Project Management for both the private and public sectors. The Frankfort resident has remained active with his alma mater, serving on the Eastern Kentucky University’s International Alumni Association Board of Directors and also as a Vice Chair of the Alumni Programming and Student Success Executive Committee. Mr. Vasudevan is active on numerous boards, including serving as a Board of Director for the PMI Bluegrass Chapter as Vice President of Strategic Planning. PMI serves the needs of the project management community. In addition to his Certified Kentucky Paralegal (CKP) credential and Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, Mr. Vasudevan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering and an MBA from Eastern Kentucky University.

Holly Wiedemann

Member, EKU Board of Regents

Holly Wiedemann, Wilmore, founder and president of AU Associates Inc. of Lexington, was named to the Board in January 2014 and will serve through June 2019. Founded in 1990 on the principles of adaptive use, AU Associates has focused on opportunities for urban infill, as well as the revitalization of existing structures. The National Association of Women Business Owners 2011 Business Owner of the Year, Ms. Wiedemann has been responsible for a wide range of projects, serving as financial analyst, project manager and developer while concentrating on the renovation, creation, adaptive reuse and development of affordable housing. In addition to development, AU now constructs and manages its projects. Ms. Wiedemann earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and Land Use Planning from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University. She is active on numerous boards in central Kentucky, as well as the Business Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.