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Van King Named Dean of School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte

imageDean of School of Communication Van King
10/13/08 -  

Media veteran Van King has been named the dean of the School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte.  In this role, King oversees the development of the new school, including its curriculum, programs, strategic planning, marketing, and external affairs initiatives.

Queens' new School of Communication, which was announced in the spring of this year, focuses on the future of communication, providing students with practical multimedia skills, entrepreneurial training and always-on learning to complement their liberal arts education.  Undergraduate and graduate students will leave the program prepared to serve as leading practitioners in journalism, corporate and organizational communication, and in strategic business, community, civic and governmental leadership.

King has worked in virtually every aspect of newspaper publishing, beginning as an award-winning reporter and editor, and retiring in 2004 as the president and publisher of the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C., after 31 years with publishing firm Landmark Communications, Inc.  Early in his career, King worked for 17 years in various news positions, including reporter, columnist, regional editor and associate managing editor.  He later went on to serve as personnel manager for three years, and then completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 1989.  In 1990, he moved to Lancaster, S.C., as publisher of The Lancaster News and regional vice president of Landmark Community Newspapers.  He returned to Greensboro in 1992.

King was also an early innovator on the Internet, helping to establish an online presence for the News & Record in 1994, long before many other news organizations recognized the importance of this new medium.  Today, the News & Record operates two online businesses: and

"Van brings an ideal blend of experience to this new role, including critical front-line experience with the convergence of traditional and new media," said Queens University of Charlotte President Dr. Pamela Davies.  "His insights and leadership will be invaluable as we define and build a communication program here at Queens that meets the needs of the 21st century." 

King earned his B.A. in journalism from the University of South Carolina and his master's in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.  He has received a number of accolades from his alma maters, as well as several journalism prizes at both the state and national level.

During his many years in Greensboro, King was an active and committed community leader, serving as past chair of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Festival of Lights, and Kids Voting-Guilford County.  He's also been on the boards of many organizations, including the North Carolina Press Association, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of the Library at UNC Greensboro.  

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Presbyterian School of Nursing, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the School of Communication and Hayworth College for evening programs.

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