Dr. Frank King
Named Associate Vice President for Distance Education
Dr. Franklin L.
King, Jacksonville State University professor of instructional media,
has been named associate vice president for distance education.
"Several years ago,
Dr. King accepted the challenge of overseeing a small but demanding
program in a then-new field called distance education," said JSU
President William A. Meehan.
"At that time,
there were few people qualified to administer such a program on a university
level. Now, thanks in large part to Dr. King's initiative and leadership,
distance education at JSU has grown up and matured. We anticipate continued
strong growth in the area of distance education. I
am very pleased to announce that Dr. King, one of the first to pioneer
JSU's venture into distance education, is now assuming this important
According to Dr.
Rebecca O. Turner, vice president for academic and student affairs,
"Technology will continue to provide students with improved options
for accessing higher education. We believe distance education is not
only here to stay but also is going to continually expand as technology
makes it easier to pursue a college degree by reducing the need to travel
to a physical classroom.
"JSU is truly
becoming a university without walls. The university needed someone with
Dr. King's experience on the administrative level who understands the
online/distance education culture, possibilities, and technology. We
are therefore delighted that one of our own has accepted yet another
challenge in this field."
Added Turner: "Dr.
King's promotion to associate vice president of distance education transforms
this important responsibility into an administrative role, which demonstrates
JSU's commitment to this area of growth."
A Jacksonville resident,
King has worked at JSU for more than 33 years.
King said, "Working
at Jacksonville State University has been the most rewarding experience
of my professional life. I am very fortunate to have had both a supportive
administration and an excellent staff. Whether it was the creation of
the communication major or the distance learning initiative, I feel
that our joint efforts have benefited both the community and the state."
Along with King's
promotion, the university appointed Ms. Sherri Restauri as acting director
of distance education. Both appointments became effective November 1.
Over the years,
King has established a number of firsts at JSU: he served as the university's
first director of non-print media, the first director of the instructional
services unit, the first director of the Technical Assistance Center
for the Early Childhood Education of the Handicapped, and the first
acting head of the communication department. He was also the first director
of distance education.
King has extensive
experience with various projects involving public schools, including
the current Calhoun County fiber optic initiative. He holds M.S. and
Ed.D. degrees from Texas A&M University at Commerce (formerly East Texas
State University) and a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas,
King is a charter
member of the following organizations at JSU: Phi Delta Kappa, Sigma
Delta Chi, Kappa Alpha, and Phi Kappa Phi. King is also a member of
various other professional and civic organizations. A Navy veteran,
King served in combat in Vietnam and retired with the rank of commander.
King is also a deacon
at the Jacksonville Church of Christ. He is married to Christine King,
a Jacksonville High School media specialist. He has two sons, James
He sails on Lake
Guntersville aboard his Bristol 22 sailboat. He is also known for having
driven one car the longest period of time to and from Jacksonville State
University a 1969 VW Beatle. He owns a historic home that he
rebuilt following the 1994 Palm Sunday tornado.
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