Dr. Nancy King
Dr. Nancy King joined KSU in 1972 as a part-time Instructor of English. She served as a Professor of English, the Director of the Counseling, Advising, and Placement Center (CAPS), the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and as the Vice President of Student Success and Enrollment Services until her retirement in 2008. Post retirement, she is a part-time Executive Assistant for Strategic Initiatives. In her administrative role at KSU, and out of a personal philosophy grounded in student success, Dr. King is focused on student retention and laid the foundation for International, Multicultural, and GLTBIQ Retention Services.
Dr. King worked closely with former KSU President Dr. Betty Siegel. Once the Counseling Center (CAPS) was established, Dr. Siegel asked Dr. King to become Director. Dr. King recalls her reaction, “I said, Dr. Siegel, I don’t want to be in administration, I’m a teacher, and so no, I don’t want to do that. And she said, ‘Well, you come back and see me on Monday, after you think about it over the weekend.’ Well, bottom line is, you just don’t say no to Dr. Siegel. And what she explained to me, which I now believe is absolutely spot-on right, is that administration, if it’s done well, is a type of teaching. And she said, ‘You’ll just have a bigger class.’ And so that’s how I found the rest of my career. Some of the faculty side of my friends said that I went over to the dark side. But I loved, loved the jobs I had in administration.”