Vice President for Student Affairs

Meet Tim KingHi, I’m Timothy King, and I’m the Vice President for Student Affairs at Jacksonville State University.  As the Vice President for Student Affairs it is my job to be the students' advocate and champion.  I’m also tasked with ensuring students have co-curricular programs and services that promote retention and graduation.  I enjoy my role immensely and I am honored to serve you. 

Basically I’m a regular guy.  I was an average high school student who blossomed in college through hard work and excessive studying.  I worked every summer between semesters at a boat repair shop in Wetumpka, Alabama while taking as many classes as possible.  I tried graduate school on a hunch because I wanted to see if I could do it.  I did so well in the Master’s program a professor told me I should try for a Doctorate.  I thought she was crazy and still do. 

I was accepted to the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education at The University of Alabama (UA) in the summer of 1994.  The faculty had an extensive debate on whether to admit me because I’m hard of hearing and use hearing aids for amplification.  Some wondered if I would be able to adequately conduct therapy sessions due to my hearing impairment.  All things considered they believed my academic record and willingness to work hard outweighed my condition.

 I stretched seven Bama football seasons into my Ph.D. studies because I kept thinking they would improve and reclaim the National Title.  I was 15 years early.  I worked full time in Disability Services for UA (yes, the irony), UAB, had two kids and finally graduated in 2001.  From UAB I travelled to the University of Arkansas (no pun intended Arkansas Travellers fans) where I continued to work with students with disabilities. 

I joined the University of Dayton (UD) in 2004 because I wanted to try my hand at a private Catholic institution and UD is one of the best.  I received great mentoring and leadership training at UD and after three years I wore out my welcome and felt a need to return to my native Alabama.  Fortunately I had a great friend at JSU named Dan Miller.  Dan called me one day and told me to apply for the Associate VP position at JSU.  I didn’t think I had a chance at the job, but Dr. Rebecca Turner believed in me and gave me an opportunity in summer 2007.  It was the opportunity I worked for my entire higher education career, and Dr. Turner made sure I had plenty of growth opportunities to improve myself because ultimately I wanted to be a Vice President for Student Affairs either at JSU or another institution.  Dr. John Beehler, President of JSU, made my goal a reality when he named me Vice President for Student Affairs in the fall of 2015.  Like Dr. Turner, Dr. Beehler took a chance on me and I am forever indebted to his belief in me.  

I’m grateful to all who helped me reach my vocational goal-none more so than my wife who has been my steadfast champion for 26 years and our children who make parenting easy…just kidding, parenting is never easy.  I’ve always had great supervisors in higher education and ALL my supervisors were women until fall 2015 (Joan Comas UA, Judy Traylor UAB, Mary Alice Serafini UARK, Deb Bickford UD, and Rebecca Turner JSU).  That’s 21 years from 1994 to 2015.  I believe my experiences with female leaders enhanced my commitment to ensuring leadership development for female students and led to the Leadership House for Women concept at JSU.  My experiences with female leaders taught me how to speak up for what I believe and fight for the students and my staff.  My experiences with female leaders taught me that there are multiple perspectives on any issue, and I need to hear as many as possible before making a decision or risk foot in mouth syndrome (and yes I had that a few times…but just a few). 

I’m a passionate and compassionate person.  I studied to be a Catholic priest in early adulthood.  I have a heart for the poor, mentally ill, persons with disabilities, folks in recovery, the academically challenged and average people.  I enjoy being around people who are different especially if they are goofy, weird, have long hair or claim membership in marginalized groups. 

Music is a big part of my lifestyle, but I’m not a musician.  I like A Perfect Circle and Tool, my favorite bands, as well as the Deftones, The Cure, Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Pink Floyd and Twelve Foot Ninja.  I also like musicals, jazz, R & B, bluegrass and hard-core old school country music (i.e., Bob Wills, George Strait, Mark Chesnutt and Patsy Cline). 

I have an open door policy and will listen to you.  Some students like and approve of decisions I make.  Others don’t.  I will always strive to be fair and impartial.  I consider it my duty to serve students first and to the best of my ability.  I expect the same from the Student Affairs Team.  I will push when it’s appropriate but most often I forge relationships for mutually beneficial collaborations. 

I enjoy watching college football and have come to prefer games at JSU to anywhere else because football at JSU is pure and the experience is real.  I also enjoy watching the other football, you know, the original football.  My teams are Liverpool in the Premiere League, Atlanta United in MLS and whatever teams my kids are on.  I told my wife prior to the birth of our first child that no kid of mine was going to play soccer.  Famous last words of a fool.  We have three kids and all play soccer and all are exceedingly good. 

I’m somewhat of a trail runner having completed multiple ultra marathons over the years, but recently I’ve been more drawn to walking the trails with my German Shorthaired Pointer, Zelda.  My family are foster parents…for dogs.  We’ve fostered approximately 80 dogs in 10 years.  I keep telling my wife and daughter that I’m done with fostering and they keep ignoring me.  

I have 24 years of experience in higher education, and I don’t know if that means anything to a college student or not.  I thoroughly enjoy my vocation, and my heart belongs to JSU.  I’ve been at JSU longer than anywhere in my career.  I’ll have to be peeled away from this campus that I love and cherish and the natural beauty that surrounds Jacksonville.  I’ve had success in my chosen vocation, yet it came with hard work, multiple failures, great mentoring and a will to achieve my goals.  If I can do it, you can too.  I look forward to serving you and please know You Matter!

Dr. Timothy B. King

Office: 102 Bibb Graves Hall
Phone: (256) 782-5020
Email: tbking@jsu.edu