King -- a Clay County resident and Van Buren High School graduate -- was named the college's new president recently.
"We're looking at a lot of things," King said. "We're looking at honing our mission and what's important to young women. I look forward to continuing that."
She has served as the school's interim president since July 1, 2010.
King said she received a three-year contract.
She told The Brazil Times a search committee, composed of faculty, students and board members began the process of finding a new president after David Behrs resigned last year.
She submitted her resume for the position and was interviewed in January.
Originally, the search committee intended to make an announcement regarding its findings in March. However, the committee met in Indianapolis earlier this month and unanimously decided to choose King.
"They decided I was their candidate," she said. "It was a feeling of, a mixture of honor and humble."
The decision was then approved by the college's board of directors and the Sisters of Providence.
King is only the 16th president for the university and the first non-Catholic for SMWC.
She has been with the college for nine years, arriving in 2002 as an assistant professor in mathematics.
She taught mathematics for six years and also served as the Mathematics Department Chairperson.
Prior to arriving at SMWC, she taught mathematics at Indiana State University.
She earned her bachelors and masters in mathematics, as well as her Ph.D in curriculum/instruction/educational leadership at ISU.
King said serving as the school's interim president for eight months gave her the confidence she needed for the position.
"Being able to handle everything and believing I had a vision in my mind was important," she said. "There are some really challenging things going on in education. We're going through a lot of those challenges."
King is also a board member for the Clay Community School Corporation.