King University Welcomes New Board of Trustees Members

BRISTOL, Tenn., June 8, 2020 — King University announces the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees.

Dan Hurst, Jason Mumpower, and Dwight Owens were elected during the board’s most recent meeting.

“Each of these trustees lends a wealth of experience to our board,” said King’s president, Alexander Whitaker.  “We are grateful to benefit from their experience in business, public policy, and pharmacy, and we look forward to their guidance in our shared mission of preparing students in our Christian academic community for lives of service.”

Hurst is the founder and CEO of Strata-G, LLC, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UTK), where he earned a B.S. degree in agricultural engineering in 1985 and an M.S. degree in environmental engineering in 1994. Hurst served as a naval officer in the US Naval Nuclear Power program and received an executive certificate in management and leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Business in 2015. He has chaired the boards of the West Knox Utilities District and Knox Area Rescue Ministries, and has also served on the Tennessee Advanced Energy Council, the UTK Alumni Council, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Board of Advisors, and the UTK Chancellor’s Associates.

Mumpower is the deputy comptroller for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury representing the office on multiple state boards and commissions. Prior to his current role, he was a state representative in the Tennessee General Assembly for 14 years, where he served on numerous House committees. He is a 1995 graduate of King, where he received a B.A. in economics and business administration, and a 2013 graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s senior executives in state and local government program at Harvard University. Mumpower is also a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.

After completing his pre-pharmacy coursework at King University in 1990, Owens obtained his doctorate in pharmacy from Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in 1994 and his MBA from King University in 2018. He is the multi-facility director of pharmacy services in the Northwest market for Ballad Health in Kingsport, Tennessee.  In 2016, Owens was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award by the Tennessee Hospital Association. Owens has held several leadership positions for Ballad Health and is a member American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Owens currently serves as president of the YMCA of Bristol’s board of directors.

“We are fortunate to see these talented and dedicated board members bring their expertise to King’s Board of Trustees,” said Robert H. “Scott” Maclellan, board chair. “Their experience complements and contributes to that of our current board members, and we welcome their collaboration in leading the University forward.”

The Board of Trustees holds the legal authority and responsibility for King University’s mission, financial stability, and institutional policies related to matters of strategic importance. For a complete list of King’s Board of Trustees, please click here.

For more information about King University, visit www.king.edu.

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King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate in Virginia. King’s primary location in Virginia is Southwest Virginia Community College, 724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.