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King University Enters Partnership Agreement with SVHEC

December 12, 2018

BRISTOL, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2018 — King University has entered a new partnership agreement that reinforces its commitment to expand academic offerings and enhance student services in Southwest Virginia.

The revised agreement with the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon establishes King as a full partner with dedicated office space for an enrollment counselor and full access to classrooms and labs within the 100,000-square-foot Abingdon facility. The move will allow King to add a Bachelor of Science Degree program in Criminal Justice at the center in fall 2019, pending approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and to consider adding other programs based on the needs of the community.

“The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center is excited to expand our relationship with King University,” said Executive Director David Matlock. “We look forward to working with the university to provide educational opportunities to the citizens of our region.”

King currently offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for those currently licensed as registered nurses (RN-to-BSN), a Family Nurse Practitioner Program offered as part of its Master of Science Degree in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Social Work at the Abingdon center. All have been highly successful, said Vice President for Academic Affairs Matt Roberts, noting that enrollment in the Social Work Program has grown to approximately 40 students in less than two years.

“King is proud to provide quality educational opportunities for students in Southwest Virginia and to contribute to the skilled workforce that is vital to our region’s economy,” Dr. Roberts said. “We’re confident this agreement will allow us to better serve those who already have entrusted us with their educations and to find new ways to serve others.”

Already, King leaders are planning to expand the facility’s Nursing Skills Lab that provides hands-on training for nursing students. University leaders also will search for additional opportunities to utilize conference space within the center, much like the successful conference entitled “Current Trends in Healthcare: An Interprofessional Approach” that King sponsored there recently.

For additional information about the programs offered by King University at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, please contact the King Admissions Office at (800) 362.0014 or


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 accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of King. 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 in Virginia. King’s primary location in Virginia is Southwest Virginia Community College, 724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.