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King University

King College Logo (Trademark of King College)
Motto Ecclesiae et Litteris
(For the Church and For Learning)
Established 1867
Type Private
Endowment $20.4 million[1]
President Dr. Richard A. Ray (interim)
Students 2,381 (2012-13 Academic Year)
Location Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Campus Urban
135 wooded acres (0.55 km²)
Colors Blue and Gold         
Nickname The Tornado
Mascot Twister the Lion
Affiliations Presbyterian Church USA

King University (formerly King College) is a private university in Bristol, Tennessee. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, nursing, and education. Founded in 1867, King is independently governed with covenant affiliations to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Accreditation and memberships 3
  • Academics 4
    • Schools 4.1
    • Libraries 4.2
    • Faculty 4.3
    • Curriculum 4.4
      • Common experience 4.4.1
      • General education 4.4.2
    • Experience DC 4.5
  • Student life 5
    • Student government 5.1
    • Student organizations 5.2
    • Student publications 5.3
    • Student activities 5.4
    • Residence halls 5.5
  • Athletics 6
    • College nickname 6.1
    • College mascot 6.2
  • Spiritual life 7
    • Chapel 7.1
    • The Buechner Institute 7.2
    • Ministry groups 7.3
  • Notable alumni 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


In April 1866, the Holston Presbytery assembled at the old Pleasant Grove Church in Bristol, Tenn., to establish a Christian college. The College was built on 25 acres (100,000 m2) of land in Bristol that had been donated by Reverend James King, in whose honor it is named.[2] The first classes were offered in August 1867.[3]

When the college outgrew its small campus, King's grandson Isaac Anderson donated land on a hillside east of Bristol and in 1917 the college moved to its present location.[3]

In January 2013, King College announced that it would upgrade to university status.[4] The name change reflects the master’s-level, comprehensive benchmark that King has reached in recent years. Becoming a university was the natural unfolding of King’s strategic plan, unveiled in 1998, to create an even broader mix of programs based on a university model. On June 1, 2013, King College officially became King University.

In December 2013, King University was granted a Level V designation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), after a two-year application and review process. As a result, King University began its first doctoral program, a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, in Fall 2014.[5] Two months later, faculty and alumni dissatisfaction with the university president came to light with a faculty vote of no confidence and an alumni effort to raise money that would only be released to the university if President Jordan's resignation or dismissal.[6]


The King University

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ Page 242 in Higher education in Tennessee, by Lucius Salisbury Merriam, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1893.
  3. ^ a b c "King College: History of King College". Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ Nathan Baker (February 13, 2014). "King University faculty speak publicly about president's leadership".  
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Library: About the Library". Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  9. ^ a b "Library: Knoxville Library". 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  10. ^ "King College: Fast Facts". Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  11. ^ "King College: Core Curriculum". Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  12. ^ "Discover King: Experience D.C". Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  13. ^ King moves to NCAA Division II and Conference Carolinas |[tt_news]=2613&cHash=c09b9b691922a6deb7be4d3e64d64b53
  14. ^ Bristol Herald Courier: Sunday, October 22, 1922
  15. ^ Bristol Herald Courier: Monday, October 23, 1922
  16. ^ Why Tornado
  17. ^ [7]
  18. ^ "Discover King: Chapel & Convocation". Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  19. ^ [8]
  20. ^ "Salem Press". Salem Press. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  21. ^ "Meet the N.A.I.A.'s - Mike Helton - NAIA OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE". Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  22. ^ "LAIRD, William Ramsey, III - Biographical Information". Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  23. ^ "Representatives - TN General Assembly". 1984-02-21. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  24. ^ Angled Vector. "Katherine Paterson - About the Author". Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
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Notable alumni

Ministry groups are student-led and are supported by the administration. Groups include: Corps for Christ (dance ministry team), Refreshment Company (music ministry team), & Dawn Treaders (drama ministry).

Ministry groups

Additionally, the Buechner Institute sponsors the Annual Buechner Lectureship. Previous lecturers include:

The Buechner Institute sponsors convocations on most Mondays at 9:15 a.m. that feature speakers from a variety of backgrounds to examine the ways in which faith informs art and public life and cultivate conversation about what faith has to do with books, politics, social discourse, music, visual arts, and more.

Dedicated to the work and example of Frederick Buechner, the Institute is devoted to exploring the intersections and collisions of faith and culture that define our times.

The Buechner Institute

Chapel is held every Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. and led by the Chaplain.[18]


All traditional King students are required to obtain ten chapel, convocation, or community service credit hours per semester.

Students have many opportunities to explore Christian beliefs and spiritual traditions. Opportunities abound with chapel, the Buechner Institute, Christian ministry groups, and service projects. Each year, student teams also travel nationally and internationally for a range of missions and study trips.

Spiritual life

Twister, a lion, was unveiled as the college's new mascot on September 2, 2011. Twister is a fearless lion that represents the determination and courage reflected in King's adventure as a NCAA Division II institution. Equipped with his King colors of navy blue and scarlet red, Twister dons the number 11 on his back while rallying those in Tornado Athletics and the King College community.[17]

College mascot

The college nickname, the Tornado, was adopted in 1922 following a 206-0 football win over North Carolina rival Lenoir College (now Lenoir-Rhyne).[14] The local newspaper covering the event wrote the headline "King College's Victory Was 'Tornado' Of Week's Games" and began referring to the football team as the "Tornado".[15] This is a record score which stands in the annals of collegiate football as one of the highest ever won on the gridiron.[16]

College nickname

The College was previously a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the NAIA.

The College is a member of NCAA-Division II and Conference Carolinas.[13] The College is also a member of the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association).

Women's intercollegiate teams compete in basketball, cheerleading/dance, cross-country, cycling, golf, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.

Men's intercollegiate teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, cycling, golf, soccer, track and field, swimming/diving, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.


Hyde Hall houses women and offers semi-private bathrooms shared by four suitemates. It contains laundry facilities, a television lounge, fully equipped kitchen, and a formal lobby. Those living in Hyde are selected based on GPA, class standing, and personal commitment to upholding college policies.

Hyde Hall

Mitchell Hall is a townhouse-style residence hall for students located on the west part of campus. Each of the five units can house either men or women. Mitchell has generally housed women but one or more units housing men have been more common in recent years. Each Mitchell Hall unit has laundry facilities and a television lounge. All rooms are air conditioned.

Mitchell Hall

Liston Honors Suite houses men and is located on the lowest level of Liston Hall. Those living in Liston Honors Suite are selected based on GPA, class standing, and personal commitment to upholding college policies. Liston Honors Suites contains laundry facilities, a common area, and suite style-rooms with semi-private bathrooms. All rooms are air conditioned.

Liston Honors Suites

Lower Liston Hall houses women and is located on the first subfloor of Liston Hall. Lower Liston is separated from the men’s halls by a series of doors, which are closed at all times, and only accessible in case of emergency. Lower Liston Hall features laundry facilities, kitchen, and a television lounge. All rooms are air conditioned.

Lower Liston Hall

Liston Hall is a five story residence hall. The top three floors are generally referred to as Liston Hall. The first subfloor houses women and is referred to as Lower Liston Hall. The second subfloor houses men and is known as the Liston Honors Suites. Liston contains laundry facilities, a guest room, and a central lobby on the main floor. All rooms are air conditioned.

Liston Hall

Parks Hall houses women and features a formal parlor, a casual lobby with big screen television as well as kitchenettes, laundry facilities, and a guest room. Parks is the only residence hall that does not have air conditioning.

Parks Hall

King's campus offers separate men's and women's residence halls, including a women's honors dorm and a hall featuring townhouse-style rooms. High-speed internet and cable television are available in the residence halls.

Residence halls

A full program of intramural sports is offered to students. Typical sports include: indoor soccer, flag football, volleyball, dodgeball, bowling, and ultimate frisbee. In addition, intramural video game tournaments, Texas Hold'em poker tournaments, chess tournaments, and board game nights are also held throughout the year.

The Student Life Activities Committee at King (SLACK) is a student group (which branched from the SGA in the 2000-2001 academic year)responsible for organizing and executing student activities, at the direction of Emily London, Director of Student Life. Events in the past have included: concerts, dances, movies, outdoor adventures (canoeing, caving, ropes courses), overnight trips, International Fair, Oktoberfest, a late night exam breakfast, an end-of-the-year luau, Safe Spring Break promotion, and bingo nights.

Student activities

Students have the opportunity to work in journalism and publishing. The Kayseean is the student newspaper, published sixteen times per year. The school's yearbook is The Tornado.

Student publications

Student Ministry Teams include: The Refreshment Company (a music-based ministry), The Dawn Treaders (a theatrical ministry), and Corps for Christ (a dance ministry).

General interest organizations include: College Republicans, College Democrats, TISL, and a computer/video gaming club.

Performing arts-related organizations include: Collegium Musicum (Chamber Choir), Symphonic Choir, Men's Ensemble (All the King's Men), Women's Ensemble (Queen's of King), Jazz/Gospel Choir, Symphonic Band, 250 Jazz (Combo Jazz Ensemble - plays at basketball games occasionally), Chapel Band, and The King University Players (K.U.P.)

Academic organizations include: Kappa Epsilon Honors Society, History & Political Science Society, Psy Chi Honors Society, and a collegiate chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Student organizations

Student governance and representation are vested in the Student Government Association (SGA). The Student Government Association is the most powerful student-ran organization at King University and oversees other student organizations. The SGA serves as the voice of the students to the board of trustees, administration, faculty, and staff.

Student government

Student life

[12] As part of the college's

Experience DC

  • RELG 1001: Christian Scriptures & Traditions (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1110: Composition & Speech (4 credits)
  • Laboratory Science - can choose among biology, chemistry, physics (4 credits)
  • Quantitative Reasoning - can choose math fundamentals or calculus (4 credits)
  • History - U.S. or World History that must be taken concurrently with literature (4 credits)
  • Literature - American or World Literature that must be taken concurrently with history (4 credits)
  • Human Creative Products - can choose among music, art, theater (4 credits)
  • Human Culture - modern language or, if proficiency demonstrated, sociology or psychology (4 credits)
  • U.S. & Global Citizenship - political science or economics (4 credits)

General education

  • KING 1000: First Year Seminar -or- KING 2000: Transfer Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • ENGL 3010: Research & Writing (2 credits)
  • KING 4000: Christian Faith & Social Responsibility (1 credit)
  • Cross-Cultural Experience (0 credits but a required experience)

Common experience

The Core Curriculum of King University was last revised by the faculty during Spring, 2009. The Core is composed of a Common Experience, four semester hours of courses that all graduates must take at the college, and General Education, thirty-six hours of courses that span the traditional liberal arts.[11]


King employs more than 80 full-time faculty members and has a student:faculty ratio of 16:1.[10]


Knoxville Learning Center: This center serves the College’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) students who attend classes in Knoxville, TN, and the surrounding area.[9]

Kingsport Information Resource Center: This center serves the College’s students who attend classes in Kingsport, TN, and the surrounding area.[9]

E.W. King Library (main campus): The E.W. King library contains a collection of over 140,000 items and is located on the north side of the campus Oval.[8]


  • King College of Arts and Sciences
  • King School of Applied Science and Technology
  • King School of Behavioral and Health Sciences
  • School of Business and Economics
  • Peeke School of Christian Mission
  • King School of Education
  • King School of Nursing

King University is organized on a small-university model with five schools:


King also offers three graduate programs: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Master of Education (MEd). King will begin offering the Doctor of Nursing Practive (DNP) beginning fall 2014.

The University offers several professional studies programs for working professionals: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Communication, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, Bachelor of Science in History, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses, and Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Programs are available in traditional and online formats.[7]

King University offers more than 80 undergraduate majors, minors and pre-professional programs.


King is a member of numerous associations, including the Appalachian College Association (ACA), the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)[6].

King University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)[5].

Accreditation and memberships

The new Student Center at King College
View of King College campus from a nearby road

King University also has three additional Tennessee campuses located in Kingsport, Knoxville, and Nashville. There are 10 additional instructional locations across Southwest Virginia and Tennessee. [3]

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