Prior to joining EKU, he served on the faculty of the California State University in Sacramento. While in Sacramento, Dr. Travis was awarded the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation by the CFA Institute. The CFA designation compliments Professor Travis’s other professional and educational accomplishments.
His research on the financial markets has been published in The Journal of Investing, the Journal of Financial Education, the Sacramento Business Review, and Advances in Financial Planning and Forecasting.
He has earned a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Finance, a Master’s degree in Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, all from the University of Kentucky. He was also the 1995 Valedictorian of Trigg County High School.
When not on campus, he and his wife, Jaclyn, can often be found touring state and national parks both on and off-road with their enduro/touring motorcycles. This past summer, when moving from Sacramento, California to Lexington, he and Jaclyn shipped everything they owned and rode their motorcycles on a 3,000-mile adventure across the country. Their two small dogs rode on the back seats of the motorcycles the whole way!
Denver is the son of Ken and Helen Travis of Cadiz.
Before Eastern took over the campus, Central University was founded in Richmond in 1874 as part of Centre College. As Centre got bigger they shut down Central University. In 1906, the Kentucky General Assembly established the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School as a teacher’s college.
In 1922 it became a four-year institution and changed its name to the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College, awarding its first degrees under that name in 1925.
EKU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It maintains regional campuses in Corbin, Danville, and Manchester, and centers in Fort Knox, Lancaster, and Somerset.