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Carey President named a top CEO by Mississippi Business Journal


This is a news release from William Carey University

Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University, was honored as one of Mississippi’s top chief executive officers by the Mississippi Business Journal during a dinner at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson on Jan. 28.

CEOs were selected based on the growth and success of their companies and the CEO’s impact on the company and community. Thirty-six executives from across the state were honored in the categories of nonprofits, rising stars, and large, medium and small companies.

King was appointed acting president of the university in late 2006 and was confirmed as Carey’s ninth president in February 2007. He is the first Carey alumnus to serve as president. He previously served the university in positions including executive vice president and professor of psychology. Prior to joining the Carey administration in 1999, King worked for 30 years in public education and operated a private counseling practice. He has served on staff in various churches, including nearly 15 years as pastor of Sandy Hook Baptist Church in Marion County.

He has served in multiple positions in community and professional organizations, including the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board and the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, the Laurel Planning Commission, the American Cancer Society boards in Jones and Marion counties, the Hattiesburg Salvation Army Advisory Board, the United Way of Southeast Mississippi Advisory Board and the Area Development Partnership Board of Directors.

King currently serves as chairman of the Consortium for Global Education, a nonprofit organization of accredited American private colleges and universities committed to global development in education. He also serves as president of the Southern States Athletic Conference and is a past president of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities. He was honored with the Hattiesburg Hub Award for outstanding leadership in 2014.

Under King’s leadership, Carey’s enrollment has increased from 2,508 in 2006 to 4,330 in 2015. New academic programs on the undergraduate and graduate levels have been introduced, including doctoral degrees in education, nursing, osteopathic medicine and physical therapy. The Tradition campus in Biloxi opened in the fall of 2009 and major building projects, including the College of Osteopathic Medicine complex, new academic buildings, new athletic facilities and four new residence halls have been completed on the Hattiesburg campus.

“Although I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award from the Mississippi Business Journal, Carey’s growth and success is the result of a team effort between our employees, trustees and donors,” said King.

King and his wife, Sandra, have one son, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren

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