It wasn’t the chance to fish regularly again at Briery Creek Lake that brought Dr. H. Lee King, Jr. ’94 back to Hampden-Sydney College, but he is looking forward to breaking out his fly rod. As the new Vice President for Institutional Advancement, King is excited about the vision President Chris Howard and his administration are creating for the future and about maintaining the mission of “building men.”
King has worked in fundraising at the Patrick Henry Boys & Girls Plantation, Virginia Intermont College, and Ferrum College. Most recently, he was the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Hollins University.
“I love the free exchange of ideas that occurs at a small college, having a close-knit faculty and staff who really know each other well, and I was drawn to the life-changing experiences that happen in higher education. I went through my own life-changing experience at Hampden-Sydney; when I came here as a student I was going to be either an attorney or a banker, like my father. Over time, I realized that those professions didn’t really excite me, and it was during my junior year that I discovered education was the profession I wanted.”
He was an English teacher at Hargrave Military Academy for three years after graduating from Hampden-Sydney, but again made a personal discovery: his talents were in administration, not in the classroom.
“I was attracted to this position not only because Hampden-Sydney is an incredible place to have a family and to raise children [he and his wife Tammy have three], but also because Hampden-Sydney is developing a bold vision for the future. We have an incredible educational institution that has lasted for 236 years. I think there is a lot that can be done to strengthen this place to ensure that it’s around for another 235 years. I am really passionate about rallying my fellow alumni so that they too may be passionate about this place.”
“Our mission of building men, building good character, and building strong leaders is very compelling. It is a mission that people beyond our alumni population should be aware of. Strong men and strong leaders are very much lacking in our society. Hampden-Sydney is going to be very relevant in the national conversation about how society doesn’t lose its young men but makes its young men capable, committed leaders for our country.”
King says his goal is to communicate to alumni the importance of investing in our students. “The best and the brightest students have many opportunities available to them. For Hampden-Sydney to continue to attract these students, we must have competitive financial aid incentives and scholarships; these come directly from the Hampden-Sydney Fund.”
The entire King family is excited about settling in to life on The Hill and to becoming members of this vibrant academic community. The next time you come to campus, Lee King welcomes your visit to his office in Estcourt.
If he’s not there, check the closest fishing hole.