After receiving greetings, charges, and institutional symbols, Herbert L. King Jr. took the oath of office and was formally installed as the 16th president of Lees-McRae College on October 5, 2018. King challenged campus and community constituents to press on with him with perseverance and determination.

Inauguration Video

Mountain Day of Service

Mountain Day of Service is a day all about giving back to the High Country community we love. Together, more than 400 students, faculty, and staff completed approximately 1,600 hours of work across both Avery and Watauga counties. Read more about the day of service.

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Family Picnic and Concert

The festivities kicked off with a Founder's Day ceremony honoring the shared history of Lees-McRae and the Town of Banner Elk, followed by live entertainment, 
food trucks, inflatable games, and interactive novelties.

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Prayer Service

The morning of President King’s inauguration, the college and community members gathered at the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church to surround King and his family with prayers and blessings.

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In the Mountains, Of the Mountains,
For the Mountains