King University President Greg Jordan resigns, Richard Ray named as interim

Rick Wagner • Feb 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University President Gregory D. Jordan, Ph.D., has resigned from his position at the private Presbyterian institution. Jordan had served as president since 1997.

“It is with a heavy heart that we accept Dr. Jordan’s resignation,” said Marcia Porter, member of the King University Board of Trustees Executive Committee. “We appreciate Greg’s tremendous contributions to the school during his tenure as president, and before that as an esteemed faculty member. King University is the institution it is today, with expanding campuses, additional programs and multiple learning platforms, due to his vision, leadership and business acumen.”

Jordan’s resignation is effective immediately.

In a vote Friday, the Board of Trustees Executive Committee named Richard A. Ray, Ph.D., as interim president of the university. Prior to the appointment, Dr. Ray served as vice chair of the board.

Ray received his A.B. from Dartmouth College, his B.D. from Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va., and his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He also attended Princeton Theological Seminary for a Rockefeller Fellowship year.

“Dr. Ray is a widely acclaimed Presbyterian minister,” Porter said. “His well-rounded life experience will be tremendously beneficial to King University as he serves as interim president.”

A nationwide search will be conducted to select the university’s next president.

In recent months, controversy about Jordan has included student, faculty and alumni critical of his direction for the university on a Facebook page and in a meeting on the King campus.

During Jordan's tenure, King transitioned from King College to King University and developed a university model based on the following schools: King College of Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Nursing; School of Behavioral and Health Sciences; Peeke School of Christian Mission; School of Applied Science and Technology. It also added 18 majors and programs and won approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the university’s accrediting body, to offer master’s-level and doctoral-level programs.

For an expanded version of this article, see Saturday's print or enhanced electronic version of the Kingsport Times-News.

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