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BRISTOL, Tenn., February 14, 2014 – King University President Dr. Gregory D. Jordan
has resigned from his position at the private Presbyterian institution. Dr. Jordan
had served as President of the University since 1997.
“It is with a heavy heart that we accept Dr. Jordan’s resignation,” says Marcia Porter,
member of the King University Board of Trustees Executive Committee. “We appreciate
Greg’s tremendous contributions to the school during his tenure as President, and before that as an esteemed faculty member. King University is the institution
it is today, with expanding campuses, additional programs and multiple learning platforms,
due to his vision, leadership and business acumen.”
Dr. Jordan’s resignation is effective immediately.
During Dr. Jordan’s tenure, King recorded a number of significant achievements, including:
In a vote today, the Board of Trustees Executive Committee named Dr. Richard A. Ray
as Interim President of the University. Prior to the appointment, Dr. Ray served as
Vice Chair of the Board.
Dr. Ray received his A.B. from Dartmouth College, his B.D. from Union Theological
Seminary, Richmond, Va., and his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
He also attended Princeton Theological Seminary for a Rockefeller Fellowship year.
“Dr. Ray is a widely acclaimed Presbyterian minister,” Porter says. “His well-rounded
life experience will be tremendously beneficial to King University as he serves as
A nationwide search will be conducted to select the University’s next President.
King University is a Presbyterian, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King
College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees
and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences,
pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration,
education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and
travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and
a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King
University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact
the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road,
Richlands, VA 24641.