Art King Earns Award for Exceptional Leadership

Posted: December 12, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ashleigh Puryear

The Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) has selected Ian “Art” King as the recipient of the Bobby E. Leach Award, given for exceptional leadership in advocating a multicultural campus environment.

King oversees the day-to-day operations of the Office of Diversity Programs and Services (ODPS), while serving as an advocate and mentor for minority students. The appreciation of the diversity of members and campus populations serves as a core value of SACSA.

“If you are looking for someone who eats, drinks, sleeps, and simply lives for multiculturalism, please look no further than Art King,” says Mark Kidd, associate dean of University Life.

King came to George Mason from Georgia Southern University (GSU) where he was director of the Multicultural and International Student Center. Prior to that, he served as the coordinator of multicultural programs at GSU. King was also an adjunct instructor at GSU, teaching university orientation, leadership, and counseling courses.

“On our campus, he has had no problem in ‘ruffling a few feathers’ and making people realize that his Office of Diversity Programs and Services is about the business of awareness and advocacy of all people and their differing backgrounds,” says Kidd. “I am really proud of him because he will not let me, as his supervisor, or anyone else become slack in our efforts to advocate and provide the best for our university community.”

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