Like many first-generation students, David McFaddin, ’99, is grateful to Eastern’s internship/co-op program which often helps land that first job in the corporate world. A summa cum laude graduate in public relations, he made the most of that opportunity. An internship with BellSouth’s legislative and external affairs division led to an area manager post for BellSouth Telecommunications. By 2005, he was AT&T’s regional director of legislative and external affairs; the next year he completed an MBA with the University of Kentucky.
Despite a demanding job and rigorous after-hour academic program, McFaddin shared his growing skill with his community. He has been president of the AT&T Pioneers, the corporation’s volunteer arm; co-chair of a Madison County United Way campaign; chair of the Leadership Kentucky Selection Committee and Madison County Strategic Planning Initiative; vice president for development for Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass and president of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Grateful to the institution that “shaped the trajectory” of his professional and personal life, he also chairs the advisory board of Eastern’s communications department. This breadth of community volunteerism was recognized by a 2011-2012 United States Presidential Service Award.
In January 2013, McFaddin was named Eastern’s executive director of government relations, having already helped secure a $25,000 gift from AT&T to partner with the Kentucky Press Association and Eastern’s department of communication to explore ways that mobile technology can serve rural journalism. His fundraising has been invaluable to the college of business & technology’s excellence in entrepreneurship award. He sees work to strengthen public sector support of Eastern’s vision as “an opportunity to give back” to the people and the school that gave so much to ensure his remarkable trajectory.
McFaddin and his wife, Melissa Dye McFaddin, ’02, a marriage and family counselor, live in Richmond.