Dr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr.


Dr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr., has dedicated most of his professional life to Jacksonville State University. After earning his bachelor's degree in Geography in 1999 and a master's degree in Counseling in 2001 from the university, he initially worked as a consultant for American College Testing, Inc., the organization behind the ACT college entrance exam.

ln 2002, he returned to his alma mater to support student success as the coordinator of Academic Advisement. His dedication and skills were quickly recognized, leading to his appointment as the director of Government Relations by his mentor, Dr. William Meehan, a former JSU (Jax State) president. Later, he was promoted to chief external affairs officer. ln 2016, he furthered his education by earning a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.

Throughout his tenure at JSU, Dr. Killingsworth's passion for student success has been evident. Upon assuming the role of acting president in January 2020, he prioritized this passion by establishing the Division of Student Success, aiming to assist all JSU students in achieving their educational goals. In April 2021, he was installed as the university's 13th president.

Outside of the university, Dr. Killingsworth is deeply involved in community affairs. He has served as the former president of the Calhoun County Area Chamber and Visitors Center Board of Directors. He is an active member of the City of Jacksonville Industrial Development Board. Furthermore, he holds the
position of Vice-chair on the Alabama Council of College and University Presidents and serves on the Board of Directors for Conference USA. Dr. Killingsworth is also a committed Calhoun County Rotary Club member and has recently been selected into the Leadership Alabama Class XXXIII. He is a faithful
member of Jacksonville First United Methodist Church and the Jacksonville Exchange Club, showcasing his dedication to faith and civic engagement.

Originally from Alexander City, Alabama, Dr. Killingsworth is married to JSU alumna Kristi Killingsworth. Together, they have two children and find joy in residing in the historic President's House on the campus grounds.