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King University News :: King University Joins East Tennessee Economic Council

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – King University has joined the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC). ETEC is an organization comprised of private businesses, government entities and other local economic development groups that utilize federal funding in science and security to promote development and explore growth opportunities within the East Tennessee region.

“King University has been consistently expanding its program offerings in the areas of science and security as a response to needs seen on the national level,” says Dr. Jon Harr, associate dean of academic affairs for administration at King University and dean of the institution’s Hardin Valley Knoxville campus. “As a member of the East Tennessee Economic Council, we look forward to working with our regional partners to advance the opportunities for growth in the fields of science and security here in East Tennessee.” 

ETEC’s weekly meetings bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, students and government officials to engage in conversations, as well as share knowledge and best practices, particularly in the areas of energy technology and security solutions. ETEC has nearly 200 members.

We are pleased to be a member of the East Tennessee Economic Council,” says Dr. Matthew Roberts, dean of academic affairs for King University. “It provides an opportunity to envision with regional business leaders the academic offerings needed to help drive East Tennessee's economy and workforce to an even stronger level.

“ETEC has been instrumental in the strong economic growth in this region,” says Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King University. “It has successfully facilitated effective collaborations between diverse organizations, with the greater goal of meeting community needs. King University looks forward to playing a key role in some of these partnerships as our presence in the region continues to expand.”

King University is headquartered in Bristol, Tenn., and has established 14 campuses and locations 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, digital media, 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 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.