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King University Announces Glenn Sandersas Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

September 24, 2018

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 24, 2018 — King University has named Glenn Sanders, Ph.D., as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Since 1988, Sanders has taught in the history department at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he was named professor of history in 2002. He has served as chair of the Department of Anthropology, History, and Political Science since 1999, and chair of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences since 2004. While at OBU, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award for 2012-2013 and the Meritorious Service Award for 2007-2008. He has published and presented widely, particularly on topics of faith and vocation, serves as treasurer for the Conference on Faith and History, and has studied abroad extensively, including as a Fulbright Scholar.

“Dr. Sanders comes to King after a storied, 30-year career at OBU, where he taught with rigor and innovation, actively engaged in faculty development, pursued training in leadership, and contributed significantly to OBU’s assessment and reaccreditation,” said Alexander Whitaker, president of King. “He brings with him a passion for quality liberal arts education, a dedication to civil discourse, and a commitment to helping students find their vocation. We welcome him to the King community, where he will help advance our mission of preparing students to excel as thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible citizens with a passion for serving God, the Church, and the world.”

Sanders graduated summa cum laude in 1982 from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, history, and philosophy. He received his master’s degree in liberal arts from Baylor in 1983, and obtained his Ph.D. in history in 1989 from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Sanders has been married to his wife, Alice, for 36 years. The couple has four children and three grandchildren.

“I am delighted to join the King community and to lead the College of Arts and Sciences,” Sanders said. “I greatly look forward to serving King’s students and faculty, exploring Christian faith, thought, and practice across all of the college’s academic disciplines, and empowering our future scholars and Christian servants.”

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, click here. 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 in Virginia. King’s primary location in Virginia is Southwest Virginia Community College, 724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.