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King University News :: King University Appoints Jon Harr as Dean of Knoxville Campus

Dr. Jon Harr, associate dean of academic affairs for administration at King University, has been appointed Campus Dean of the institution’s Hardin Valley Knoxville campus. The campus is one of several  locations serving the greater  Knoxville area in partnership with three  regional Tennessee Board of Regents schools:  Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College and Walters State Community College.

Harr will continue to serve in his administrative role as associate dean of academic affairs which includes the office of registration and records, the E.W. King Library System and Academic Support.  Dr. Harr’s presence in Knoxville as Campus Dean will allow him to work with the increased number of faculty and staff residing in Knoxville who work at King’s Hardin Valley campus and other regional instructional locations.

A Bristol, Tenn. native, Harr’s career spans more than 20 years in higher education in East Tennessee.

“King’s Hardin Valley campus and other locations in the greater Knoxville area are offering a broader range of programs designed  to address concurrently  student career  interests and workforce development  in the region,” says Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King University.  “Jon’s experience with the Tennessee Board of Regents System has proven valuable as King has continued to expand partnerships with the regional community colleges in the greater Knoxville area.   His contribution to King’s newly developing educational programs will be of significant benefit to Knoxville’s economic and workforce development through education.”

Harr graduated from King in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He received a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from ETSU in 1989, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Higher Education Administration degree from Appalachian State University in 1993, and a Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from ETSU in 1999.

“I am pleased to be taking on this new role with King University,” says Harr. “This is an exciting time for the Knoxville campuses, particularly the Hardin Valley campus, as we further develop additional academic offerings in these locations. We will be expanding our existing nursing and business offerings, as well as providing new offerings addressing multiple industries such as education, information technology, informatics, environmental science, genomics, criminal justice, cyber-security, security and intelligence studies, digital media and research interests in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area.” 

King University is headquartered in Bristol, Tenn., and has established 13 campuses across Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, including three in the Knoxville area. King University also offers degree programs online. For more information about King’s Hardin Valley campus, call 1-800-362-0014 or visit 


 King University is a Presbyterian, master's-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 athletic teams. For more information about King University, visit 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.