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King University News :: King College Welcomes Admissions Representatives for East Tennessee Region

King College is pleased to announce the addition of two staff members as admissions representatives for the East Tennessee region including Morristown, Sevierville, and Knoxville.  

Kris Rhea is serving as a Graduate Professional Studies admissions representative for King in Knox, Anderson, Roane, and Cumberland counties primarily, as well as eight different community college locations through the Roane State Community College system. 

Prior to joining King, Rhea served as community liaison for Briarcliff Healthcare Center in Knoxville, Tenn., general manager for Masa Homes in Dallas, Texas, and Fuller Marketing in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.  Having excelled in academics, Rhea co-organized the first Negotiation Forum for the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, as well as served as president and treasurer for Pi Kappa Alpha.  

Rhea currently serves as a tnAchieves mentor and volunteers with the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Briarcliff Healthcare Center, Renaissance Terrace, Boys Club of Oak Ridge, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).  He also serves on the Board of PetSafe Those Pet Welfare Fund.  Rhea earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing, and Management in 2006 and his Master of Business Administration in 2008 from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. 

Nancy Beverly is now serving as a Graduate Professional Studies admissions representative for King in for all three Walters State Community College campuses including Greeneville Morristown, Sevierville, and Knoxville, Tenn., as well as the counties of Hamblen, Jefferson, Sevier, Cocke, and Greene.  She began her career at King as an admissions representative in October 2008, and then served for a time as director of Financial Aid from Sept. 2009 to July 2012 when she returned to the Office of Admissions.  

Beverly has more than twenty years’ experience in higher education and financial aid.  She has previously worked for Sallie Mae Student Loan Corporation as manager for the Repayment Solutions Team serving colleges and universities in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Louisiana; Regions Bank Student Lending as the student lending marketing officer for Tennessee; and Milligan College as the director of Financial Aid. 

Beverly currently serves as a TN Achieves mentor for Sevier County and an ambassador for the Morristown Chamber of Commerce.  She has also served as president of the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, served on the Executive Board of the Southern Association of Student Financial Administrators, and served as a concurrent session presenter at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator Annual Conference.  Beverly received her Associate of Science in Business Administration from Beckley College and Bachelor of Science in Business Education from East Tennessee State University in 1988.

Through the Graduate Professional Studies program, King offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program in both Morristown and Sevierville, along with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN) program in Morristown.  Degree offerings at the King’s Hardin Valley location in Knoxville will include BBA, RN-BSN, Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Psych), Bachelor of Science in Communication (Comm), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and MBA.  GPS students in Knoxville will also have the opportunity to study the most recent addition to the program – Bachelor of Science in Allied Health (BSAH). 

New this fall, Pellissippi State Community College students in Strawberry Plains will have two transfer options - Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), or Bachelor of Science for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN). 

For information about King’s GPS programs, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014,, or visit