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King University News :: King University Interim President Has Long Association with School

BRISTOL, Tenn., February 17, 2014 – King University Interim President Dr. Richard A. Ray has a long history of contribution and support of King. Dr. Ray was named Interim President Feb. 14, and has begun introducing himself to the King system.

As a Board of Trustees member for the last 33 years, Ray is very familiar with the strategic growth, heritage, and mission of the school.

“It has been rewarding to see how King has worked to meet the needs for new opportunities of the 21st century, while remaining grounded in a core of liberal arts education that prepares our students to critically examine and serve the world,” says Ray. “I am excited for the future of King University.”

Ray also recognizes the student, faculty, and alumni concerns that led to the resignation of Dr. Gregory D. Jordan and encourages the King community to move past recent events. “I am committed to the welfare and future of King University.”

Ray, a Presbyterian minister, holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Union Theological Seminary, and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at King, and was Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn., for 16 years. 

Ray is an avid student of early Christian thought, and the way in which it has influenced the development of faith and culture for centuries. He was a convocation speaker for King’s Buechner Institute lecture series in 2011. Since 2001, Ray has been general editor of Kerygma Bible Studies and is currently involved with leadership and support of the Presbyterian Heritage Center.


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