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UW-Whitewater Chancellor King to be inaugurated Feb. 23

February 16, 2024

Written by Jeff Angileri | Photos by Craig Schreiner

Everyone is welcome to celebrate at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as Corey A. King is sworn in as the institution’s 18th chancellor.

The inauguration, which is free to attend and open to the public, is Friday, Feb. 23. The festivities begin with a ceremony at 2 p.m. in Young Auditorium, followed by a reception at 3 p.m. in the University Center.

The ceremony will feature music performances from three of the university’s ensembles, and guest speakers from the Universities of Wisconsin, the city of Whitewater, and more.

“The inauguration is meant to be a celebration of the entire Warhawk family. Everyone — students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and friends of the university — is invited to share in this historic event,” King said. “To say I’m honored to lead UW-Whitewater is an understatement. We transform lives here. And we are boldly moving forward in that mission. We’re committed to student success, academic excellence and access to higher education, as well as our role as an economic engine for the region.”

A number of university events are scheduled during Inauguration Week, including athletic competitions, inclusivity forums and a scholarship fundraiser.

While the inauguration is a ceremonial tradition, King officially began his role as chancellor on March 1, 2023. Over the last year, UW-Whitewater has achieved enrollment increases at both the Whitewater and Rock County campuses, and welcomed a record number of visitors for camps and other events. The university was recognized nationally as a College of Distinction for a seventh consecutive year.

A celebrated leader with three decades of higher education experience, King has held leadership roles in student affairs, student services, and enrollment management.

Before joining UW-Whitewater, he served as vice chancellor for inclusivity and student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Prior, he was vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Florida Atlantic University and led the Council for Student Affairs of the State University System of Florida. King also held leadership positions at East Carolina University, Wheeling Jesuit University, and the University of Florida.

King earned a bachelor’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in higher education administration/student affairs from Florida State University. He earned a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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