Dennis King, Ed.D., A-B Tech President
Dennis F. King became the sixth president of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) on August 1, 2014. He joined the College in 1992 as Vice President for Student Services and held the position for 20 years. He was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Reaccreditation in 2012 and served as Interim President from January to July 2014.
Previously, Dr. King was Vice President for Student Services at Lake City Community College in Florida (1982-92), including a stint as Acting President in 1987, Dean of Students at Florida Institute of Technology at Jensen Beach (1979-92), and Head Residence Counselor and Assistant Dean of Students at Jacksonville University (1973-79).
Dr. King also has been an adjunct instructor in English and education at Western Carolina University (2007-12), the University of North Carolina at Asheville (1998), Lake City Community College (1984-92), Florida Institute of Technology (1980-82) and Jacksonville University (1975-79).
During his tenure with A-B Tech, Dr. King has received several awards and honors, including N.C. Community College Student Personnel Professional of the Year in 2000, A-B Tech Administrator of the Year in 1998 and N.C. Community College Institute for Future Presidents in 1998.
Dr. King sits on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees, the Blue Ridge Public Radio Board of Directors, and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Coalition.
A native of Franklin, N.H., Dr. King received a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a master’s in teaching from Jacksonville University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Florida. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-72, achieving the rank of Company Commander and earning a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in 1972. He is married to Jan Clarson King and has two sons, Grant and Benjamin, and two grandchildren.