Herbert L. King Jr.

Dr. Herbert L. King Jr. became the 16th president of Lees-McRae on June 1, 2018. He was elected by the Board of Trustees on January 19, 2018. Prior to Lees-McRae, King served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, where he was responsible for all development, alumni relations and career functions. His time at Hampden-Sydney also included aiding as a freshman advisor and as the leader of the freshman learning and living community.

In 2010, King worked as the Vice President for External Relations at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and prior as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia.

His experience extends beyond the scope of higher education with time as both Executive Director and Director of Development at the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes in Brookneal, Virginia, where he was tasked with creating the organization’s first strategic plan, launching comprehensive facility renovation efforts and multiple fundraising efforts. 

King received his Doctor of Education in educational leadership from The University of Virginia, his Master of Education in educational administration from Lynchburg College and his Bachelor of Arts in English and history from Hampden-Sydney.

In the Mountains, Of the Mountains, For the Mountains

President King



Friday, October 5, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Historic Commons

Reception to follow in Swank Park


Mountain Day of Service
9:00 a.m.
Campus and Community

Mountain Day Celebration
2:00 p.m.
Wildcat Lake


Founder's Day Ceremony
4:30 p.m.
Tate-Evans Park

Family Picnic and Concert
5:00 p.m.
Tate-Evans Park


Prayer Service
10:00 a.m.
Banner Elk Presbyterian Church

Inauguration Ceremony
2:00 p.m.
Historic Commons
Reception to follow

Homecoming 2018 events will continue Saturday, October 6 with an alumni awards brunch, tailgating, athletic events, and more! 


Inauguration RSVP

Please reply by September 14, 2018. Note that delegates will appear in the ceremony program and process with their own academic regalia. Information will be sent to the delegate prior to inauguration.


Inauguration Venues

Parking Locations

  1. Chaffee Loop Lot (Delegate/VIP)
  2. Chaffee Lower Lot (Delegate/VIP)
  3. May School of Nursing and Health Sciences (Delegate/VIP)
  4. Hayes Lot
  5. Cannon Student Center Lot
  6. Presbyterian Church Lot (handicap accessible parking)

Additional parking with shuttle service is available at the Historic Banner Elk School and the Banner Elk Town Hall.

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With questions, email inauguration@lmc.edu

In the Mountains, Of the Mountains,
For the Mountains