A former chancellor of the State University of New York System, King currently serves as president of the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education. He has also served as president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Community Foundation.
King worked as a district attorney in San Luis Obispo, California, and Rochester, New York, before serving three terms in the New York State Legislature. A native of Binghamton in Monroe County, New York, King also served as Monroe County Executive and in the New York Governor’s Office as budget director and director of the Office of Regulatory Reform before becoming chancellor of the State University of New York System in 2000.
King served for nine years on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars after being appointed by President George W. Bush.
He earned his undergraduate degree at Trinity College.