Dr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr.


Dr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr. has dedicated his entire career to JSU. Upon graduating from the university with a bachelor's degree in geography in 1999 and a master's degree in counseling in 2001, the former Student Government Association president worked for more than a year as a consultant for American College Testing, Inc., the provider of the ACT college entrance exam. He returned to his alma mater in 2002 to support student success as coordinator of Academic Advisement. Soon after, he was named director of Government Relations by former president and mentor Dr. William Meehan. He was later promoted to chief government relations and community engagement officer.

Dr. Killingsworth received his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama in 2016. In addition to his new role as president, he will continue to serve in a leadership role for the Higher Education Partnership as chairperson for the Council of University Governmental Affairs Representatives, a group comprised of lobbyists from Alabama's 14 public universities.

A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Dr. Killingsworth is married to JSU alumna Kristi Killingsworth. They have two children.