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King University President

Alexander W. Whitaker - President of King University

Alexander W. Whitaker IV, J.D.

23rd President of King University

Alexander Whitaker has served as King University president since August 2016. He came to King with strong academic and professional credentials, broad experience in higher education and law, and a long history of successful leadership in his professional, church, and civic endeavors. He has a particular commitment to integrating free and robust academic inquiry with orthodox Christian faith and practice.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Berry College in political science and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. He also has a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in Religion from Trinity School for Ministry, and a Master of Theology from Duke University.

President Whitaker came to King from Berry College, where he was a senior officer of the college for nearly a decade. He was chief of staff and board secretary and in charge of Berry's public relations, religious life, historical assets, and governmental relations. Previously he oversaw Berry's major gift fundraising and planned giving. The Berry College board of trustees granted him emeritus status upon his departure for King.

Before coming to King, he served three years on Georgia’s Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, appointed by Governor Nathan Deal. He is a member of the Georgia and Virginia bars and various higher education professional associations.

He is on the boards of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Bristol, the Appalachian College Association, and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Bristol Virginia/Tennessee. He is a trustee and former board of visitors chair at Trinity School for Ministry, an Anglican and Episcopal seminary in the Pittsburgh area. 

He began his higher education career after 25 years as an active-duty Navy officer and judge advocate. A designated international law specialist, he had postings at sea and ashore, with tours on both U.S. coasts and overseas in Scotland, London, and Japan. His assignments included serving as director of Navy general civil litigation, as executive officer of the Navy’s largest court-martial prosecution command, and as commanding officer of the Navy's Southeast legal services office. His decorations include two Legions of Merit and four Meritorious Service Medals, in addition to numerous other unit and personal awards. He retired from the Navy as a captain in 2007.

President's Office Contact information:

Phone Number: 423.652.4784