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King University and Bristol Chamber of Commerce Dedicate New Oval and E.W. King Library Redesign during Ribbon Cutting Ceremony April 29

BRISTOL, Tenn., April 29, 2016 – The Bristol Chamber of Commerce and King University held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 29 in front of Bristol Hall on the University’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. The ceremony officially dedicated the recently restored Oval and redesign of the E.W. King Library. Following the service and ribbon cutting, King graduates, in full regalia, kicked off the weekend’s Spring Commencement services by taking the inaugural walk around the new Oval as the sounds of bagpipes rang out though the hills.

“We are very grateful to all who have helped to make the restoration of our Oval and redesign of the E.W. King Library possible. We feel it helps us to look toward our 150th anniversary, our sesquicentennial celebration in 2017. Much excitement thus lies ahead,” said Richard A. Ray, Ph.D., interim president at King University.

President & CEO of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce Beth Rhinehart said, “What a special day for this community! King’s legacy has been felt far beyond the borders of our two cities. It is a proud moment for this entire region to see the continued growth and impact King makes every day.”

After the conclusion of the service, community members attended a reception in the newly redesigned E.W. King Library. The new open floor plan creates a more modern and welcoming environment through conceptual change, interior design, layout, and updated furniture. “The goal to have the reimagined library look like the cultural, social, and intellectual center that it is for all at King was achieved,” said Ray.

The Oval, first bricked in 1962, surrounds the center of the King campus and is the heart of King University community. It serves to invite students into their journey here at King and to provide a visible symbol of their completion of this journey as seniors. “We are very thankful the restoration of this handsome brick walkway is now complete,” Ray said.


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, 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 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 on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.