King prepped for new role
When the academic year for 2010-11 begins, Dottie King will be in a new position for the fourth year in a row.
Recently, King accepted the position of interim president at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College after it was announced David Behrs, who has served as the college's president, would resign.
"I think I was surprised," King told The Brazil Times about Behrs' resignation. "He's done a really good job and gets along well with everyone. He is well liked and respected."
The SMWC Board of Trustees learned of Behrs resignation late last week, but did not announce it until after graduation.
It was announced he had accepted a new position in California, where he is originally from.
For some, having a new position four years in a row might leave one frazzled. But King said she would happily accept the new role.
"My reaction was a little bit of surprise that (the board) would make a decision that quickly," King said. "But I suppose it was a vote of confidence.
"There was a little bit of emotion involved. I was happy and am honored, but at the same time, it's going to be a big job."
She said the board came to her with the offer on the recommendation of Behr.
"That was a nice honor for them to have that confidence in me," King said.
King was given a one-year contract. She said the board could begin the search for a full-time president possibly in August.
"A search usually takes a year," King said. "They will advertise nationally."
Currently, King serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs.
She came to SMWC in 2002 as an assistant professor in mathematics, a position she had for six years. She also served as the Mathematics Department Chairperson.
Before joining the school's faculty, she was a mathematics professor at Indiana State University for 17 years.
King grew up in Clay County, having graduated from Van Buren High School.
"I'm a proud Blue Devil," King said.
She earned her bachelors and masters in mathematics, as well as her Ph.D in curriculum-instruction/educational leadership, all at ISU.
Although the position is only interim, King said she will still be involved in academic affairs.
"I will have an active role in what's going on," she said.
She added she hopes to maintain the course Behr has steered the university on.
"We are in the middle of a lot of good things," King said. "The job is to keep us moving forward and not make any major changes."
King will officially move into the position July 1.