New Minority Student Affairs Director Adjusting to Life at Mason

Posted: October 27, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kate Passin

Art King, the new director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs (MSA), is settling in after two months on the job. King became the director on Sept. 1 and oversees the day-to-day operations of the office while serving as an advocate and mentor for minority students.

King, who presents many campus workshops and seminars on multiculturalism, chose Mason for its diverse student body and its strategic location. “Living in the D.C. area gives me numerous opportunities to participate in and coordinate many cultural activities,” says King.

King came to George Mason from Georgia Southern University (GSU), where for five years he served as the coordinator of multicultural programs. He then became the director of GSU’s Multicultural and International Student Center and held the position for a year before coming to Mason. King was also an adjunct instructor at GSU and taught university orientation and leadership courses, as well as a course called “Special Problems in Counseling.”

Originally from the Caribbean island of Barbados, King first attended Barbados Community College before receiving his bachelor’s degree in communication arts and his master’s in higher education student development at GSU. He is a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA), and Pi Lambda Theta International Honor and Professional Association in Education.

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