TOWNSHIP – Malone University President David King will retire next year.
King, who became Malone’s 13th president in 2012, announced his intention to retire on June 30, 2022.
âWinnie (King’s wife) and I fell in love with Malone and what Malone stands for as an institution and we fell in love with our students right away,â King said. âWinnie and I felt deeply privileged to be able to get to know our students and to be able to serve our students and be a part of our Malone community of our faculty and staff. It has been an absolute privilege.
Malone’s board of trustees will soon launch a search process to identify King’s successor as head of the Christian university which has around 1,600 students, employs 64 full-time faculty and 86 adjunct members, and operates on a budget of 28. , $ 7 million.
Rod Neuenschwander, Chairman of the Board of Malone, praised King’s leadership during a time of upheaval in higher education.
“Malone owes Dr. King a great deal of gratitude for his leadership through difficult and unprecedented times,” Neuenschwander wrote in a press release issued by the university. âThe higher education sector has been a stressed industry over the past decade with continued threats to the traditional business model. Dr. King’s leadership has been essential as we look to a new reality and capitalize on the opportunities ahead while keeping our history and mission alive. He has been a relentless ambassador for the University. David and Winnie represented Malone very well and were passionate advocates for our students.
King, 66, said he had not based his decision to retire on age or career longevity. It was based on his work and on the fact that he had done enough for Malone to be successful in the future.
âI really feel that we have done some things to reposition Malone, to be more adept at responding to the market and looking to the future, which means it’s a good time to transition,â he said. King said. âI think the next season in Malone’s story might be better served by a leader who has a different toolbox. My toolkit has been geared towards the changes needed to face the future, and the next generation can be more forward-looking. “
King’s bolder vision
From the start, King has focused in Malone on improving the student experience.
In 2015, Malone launched a $ 25 million fundraising campaign, dubbed “A Bolder Vision,” which sought to transform Malone’s student experience by creating an environment conducive to intellectual and spiritual growth. King helped secure two giveaways over $ 1 million as part of a campaign, which topped $ 20 million.
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The centerpiece of the Bolder Vision plan was the development of Pioneer Park, located on the Malone campus off National Road 62. The Pioneer Park Competition Ground, a lighted and versatile synthetic sports field, is expected to be completed in August.
King said one of his goals over the next 12 months is to secure the money needed for the completion of the Robert Starcher synthetic turf baseball field.
Other significant campus improvements during King’s presidency included the installation of a new Center for Student Success in the Malone Library and the renovation of student spaces at the Brehme Centennial Center, Osborne Hall and several student halls of residence. .
New university programs include cybersecurity, data analytics, digital arts, and criminal and restorative justice. King is also recognized for having established more than 100 partnerships with organizations, businesses and nonprofits in Northeast Ohio.
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King also launched the Pioneer 100, a 100-kilometer bike ride, to raise money for scholarships through kilometer pledges. The 2020 Pioneer 100 has raised more than $ 100,000 for student financial support, according to the university.
King on the disbandment of Malone football
King has also led the university through major cuts and restructuring.
In 2017, Malone’s accreditation agency, the Commission on Higher Education, warned the university to “caution”, meaning that unless improvements were made, Malone risked not meeting the commission’s accreditation criteria. Among the agency’s main concerns was Malone’s ability to prove that his actions to improve his financial situation were working.
In November 2019, the commission notified Malone that she was back in good standing with the agency and reaffirmed Malone’s status as an accredited higher education institution.
One of the King’s most public cost-cutting moves came in 2019 when Malone disbanded his football program. King said on Tuesday that this continues to be one of the toughest decisions he has had to make in his 25-year career in higher education.
The move, which saved the university about $ 1 million per year, came as part of a campus-wide restructuring that aimed to eliminate a $ 2.5 million deficit on two years.
âWhen you just look at the data, the decisions are frankly pretty straightforward,â King said. âThe decision regarding football was so deeply difficult because of how I knew it was going to affect, and indeed did affect, the lives of 70 of our students, for whom this program was so important. It was the profound one. human impact of those 70 guys. that made it so difficult. “
While King retires from Malone, he hasn’t finished working.
He said on Tuesday he was keeping his options open to explore different roles, especially in independent higher education. He noted that his 95-year-old father who lives in Orville also retired in his late 60s – then retired five times before he stopped working.
âIt’s much less of a retreat. It’s much more of a willingness to turn the page into a new chapter, âKing said. I’m really very open about what this chapter might be. ”
King has championed independent higher education nationally as an active member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He has also held leadership positions with the Christian College Consortium, the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio, and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. He also served as chairman of the NCAA Division President’s board. II Great Midwestern Athletic Conference.
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