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  • Writer's picturePatricia Salkin

Robert King, Former Gov’t Lawyer and Experienced Higher Ed Admin Completing Term as Interim Pres.


On June 24, 2022, former interim President and former SUNY system Chancellor, Robert King, was named interim president of Florida Institute of Technology. According to the release,King most recently was assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, serving from 2019 until January 2021. Prior to his service with the federal government, he led the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education as president for 10 years, and before that led SUNY as system chancellor for five and a half years. He also served as interim president of the Potsdam campus. In addition, he served for three years as president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation, a statewide charitable foundation.” In addition, King served on the Board of Trustees of two institutions of higher education - Prescott College and A.T. Still University (the nation’s oldest osteopathic medical school).


Prior to his career in higher education, King was a government lawyer. He was a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office in San Luis Obispo, California, and the district attorney’s office in Rochester, New York (and he later served as the Monroe County Executive). He was an elected member of the New York state legislature, and worked in the New York governor’s office as budget director and director of the Office of Regulatory Reform.


Robert King earned his JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law.


A new president has been appointed effective July 1, 2023.

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