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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
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