Lee King

Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. became the 16th president of Lees-McRae on June 1, 2018. He was elected to this 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 experience 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 also comes to campus with extensive marketing and public relations leadership, including institutional rebranding efforts.

In addition, he has served on multiple boards during his career including as board chair on the community action agency Support to Eliminate Poverty (STEP) program, trustee on the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes development committee as well as trustee on Hampden-Sydney’s Christian outreach nonprofit, COGITO.

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.