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Joey King Profile

W. Joseph “Joey” King ’93 King
Joseph King, Ph.D. served as the 18th president of Lyon College. Previously, he served as senior advisor to the president of Emory & Henry College. As executive director of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, he helped almost 140 liberal arts colleges integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology to become more strategic and innovative. Similarly, as vice president of innovation at Southwestern University, he focused on strategic opportunities. As executive director of Connexions at Rice University, he led the first large-scale open education initiative.

Dr. King is co-author, together with Dr. Brian Mitchell, of Leadership Matters: Confronting the Hard Choices Facing Higher Education, from Johns Hopkins University Press. Their first book, How to Run a College: A Practical Guide for Trustees, Faculty, Administrators, and Policy Makers, also from Johns Hopkins University Press, had positive reviews in The Wall Street Journal, Inside Higher Ed, and Oxford Magazine.

In addition to his work in academe, Dr. King is a serial entrepreneur and research scientist. He was president of Zama Networks. He was also chief scientist of F5 Networks. He served as entrepreneur-in-residence at Tech Fort Worth. Formerly, he was a research scientist at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at the University of Washington. He has also conducted research at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and Hughes Research Laboratories.

He serves on the board of directors of the Council on Library and Information Resources, the advisory council of Stanford University Libraries, and the advisory board of the Theodore Roosevelt Center. Formerly, Dr. King served on the boards of Southwestern University, Lyon College, Rice University Press, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Teachers Without Borders, Benaroya Research Institute, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

He holds a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction from the University of Washington. He holds a B.A. with honors in computer science and in experimental psychology from Southwestern University.

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