Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Appoints Interim President

May 10th, 2010 | SMWC

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dottie King, Ph.D., as interim president for the college effective July 1, 2010.

The Trustees selected King for her strong leadership skills to continue the college's strong momentum, her extensive experience in higher education, and her knowledge of the college. King has agreed to serve until the permanent successor to President David G. Behrs takes office.

"The college is fortunate to have Dr. King who will provide the experienced academic leadership we need in furthering the best interests of our students," said Kathy Lubeznik, chair of the board of trustees. "Her lifelong dedication to education and proven record of accomplishments will help Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College continue to excel."

"Dr. Behrs has been remarkably engaged with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the college. His passion and enthusiasm has increased our sense of community and institutional pride," said King. "I will continue the strong foundation he set forth to provide a world-class liberal arts education for our students."

As vice president for academic affairs, King is responsible for promoting excellence in teaching and scholarship as well as close student-faculty interactions in all of the College's academic programs. In addition, she provides leadership for academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in curricular, personnel, and budgetary matters. As a member of the President's Cabinet, King is also responsible for assisting the College's senior leadership team in advancing the mission of the College and implementing its institutional plan.

King has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. In 2002, she joined the faculty at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, serving as an assistant professor of mathematics from 2002-2006, an associate professor of mathematics from 2006-2008 and chair of the Sciences and Mathematics Department from 2007-2008. From June 2008-September 2008, she served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, and from 2008-2009, she served as the assistant dean for undergraduate and international programs. From 1985 to 2002, she served as an instructor of mathematics at Indiana State University. She was also an adjunct instructor of mathematics for Indiana Wesleyan University from 1997 to 2002.

King holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Indiana State University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Educational Leadership, also from Indiana State University. She has given numerous professional presentations and is a member of several professional organizations. She also published "Pedagogical needs of female mathematics students: Listening to their voice" for the Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences.