Kennesaw State remembers innovative administrator Nancy King

KENNESAW, Ga. | Oct 6, 2022

Known as a longtime champion for students in all aspects of university life, Professor Emeritus Nancy S. King, 80, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28.


“The Kennesaw State University community mourns the loss of one of its longest serving leaders, in Dr. King,” said KSU President Kathy S. Schwaig. “Her decades of work, energy and innovation on behalf of students played a critical role in making Kennesaw State what it is today.”

King joined Kennesaw Junior College in 1972 as a part-time instructor of English, after which she spent more than 36 years helping to build Kennesaw State University into a nationally recognized institution of higher learning. During her long career with KSU, King was a professor of English; director of Counseling, Advising and Placement Services; and vice president for Student Success and Enrollment Services; and executive assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives.

“From helping to found Kennesaw State’s First-Year Experience program for freshmen students, to her longtime support for KSU athletics, Nancy King dedicated her career to helping develop and expand the reach of the University for the future,” said Eric Arneson, vice president of Student Affairs. “She brought her experience as a faculty member, advisor and administrator to help students not only master classroom materials, but to connect with them and serve as guides for the students’ future development.”

After her retirement from full-time service in 2008, King continued to work with the University for many years as a Professor Emeritus and senior administrator.

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