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Gloucester Institute Co-founder Charles James Sr. to Speak at Alma Mater King University Oct. 17

BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 6, 2016 – Charles James Sr., co-founder of the Gloucester Institute and public servant for more than 25 years, will speak at King University on Monday, Oct. 17 as part of the King Institute for Faith and Culture 2016-17 Lecture Series and also King’s 150th anniversary celebration. His address will take place in Memorial Chapel on the University’s main campus at 9:15 a.m. The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by King’s Office of Alumni & Development and the Bristol Herald Courier.

Charles James Sr., one of the University’s early African American alumni, graduated from King in 1971. He has worked for more than 25 years in government leadership for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He served as deputy secretary of administration under Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Previously, he served as deputy assistant secretary and director in the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in President George W. Bush’s administration.

James and wife Kay co-founded The Gloucester Institute in 2009. The nonprofit organization is committed to providing an intellectually safe environment where ideas can be discussed and transformed into practical solutions that produce results. Gloucester provides a peaceful place to restore and refresh leaders, and to train and nurture emerging leaders. The Institute also cultivates a society of “solutionists” within minority communities; provides a safe environment for African Americans of divergent views to work to resolve social, economic, and political issues in the African American community; and equips scholars with the intellectual, moral, and financial support to conduct intensive research to discover the best solutions to the social, economic and political problems facing the African American community.

“King University is thrilled to welcome Mr. James back to campus and excited to learn more about his life in government leadership roles, as well as how his faith and experience at King helped to shape his life. His years of public service and commitment to the training of young African-Americans as emerging leaders is exemplary, and we look forward to learning more about his public sector work and his faith-based mission to find, identify, and nurture America's next generation of leaders,” said Denise Asbury, director of Development at King University.

Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.


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