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The King's College (New York)

The King's College
Established 1938
Type Private
Affiliation Non-denominational Christian[1]
Chairman Wm. Lee Hanley, Jr.
President Gregory Alan Thornbury
Academic staff
26 full-time
Students 500
Location New York City, New York, United States
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and white
Athletics USCAA
Nickname Lions
Mascot Lion

The King's College (also TKC or simply King's) is an accredited, Christian liberal arts college headquartered in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City. The predecessor institution was founded in 1938 in Belmar, New Jersey by Percy Crawford.

The King's College draws more than 500 students from 37 states and 15 countries. In 2012, the Young America's Foundation ranked The King's College 8th in its Top 15 Conservative Colleges list.[2]


  • History 1
    • Reestablishment in New York City 1.1
  • Academics 2
    • Accreditation 2.1
  • Student life 3
    • Residence life 3.1
    • Extracurricular activities 3.2
    • Athletics 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Briarcliff Lodge, the main facility of the school's former Briarcliff Manor campus, c. 1970

Percy B. Crawford founded The King's College in 1938 in Belmar, New Jersey.[3] The school re-located in 1941 to New Castle, Delaware,[4] and again in 1955 to the former Briarcliff Lodge site in Briarcliff Manor, New York.[5] At Briarcliff, The King's College sponsored the The King's Tournament, a sports tournament in which East Coast Christian college athletes competed each year.[6]

In 1962, after Crawford's death in 1960,[4] Robert A. Cook became the college's second president.[7] The college prospered under his leadership, with enrollment growing to a high of 870 students in 1980.[8] After 23 years as president, Cook retired and became the college's chancellor in 1985, a position which he held until his death in 1991.[7] Friedhelm Radandt succeeded Cook to become the college's third president. Nine years later, in December 1994, the college shut down, as a result of years of declining enrollment, bad financial decisions, and the deterioration of the Briarcliff campus.[8] The college declared bankruptcy, owing more than $25 million to its creditors mostly from the mortgage on a new suburban campus.[9]

Reestablishment in New York City

The college charter first granted by the New York Board of Regents in 1955 remained in force.[10] In 1997, the College's charter was amended to make Campus Crusade for Christ the sole member of the corporation.[10] Together with Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright, J. Stanley "Stan" Oakes, then the director of Faculty Commons,[11] a Campus Crusade ministry, began work to pay off the institution's debts and re-establish it in New York City, along with the recently acquired Northeastern Bible College, which had experienced a similar decline and closure as King's.[12] In 1999 King's leased 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) of space on three floors of the Empire State Building in New York City for classrooms, a student recreation center, and administrative offices.[5] Radandt remained president, with Oakes as chairman.[10] In January 2003, Oakes became the fourth president; five years later, Oakes became chancellor and Andy Mills became the fifth president. Following treatment for brain cancer, Oakes reassumed the presidency on January 1, 2009. In December 2009, the College announced that Oakes would take a year-long sabbatical.

On August 23, 2010, the college announced the appointment of conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza as its new president.[13] On October 18, 2012, D'Souza resigned his post at the school, shortly after it became known[14] that he was claiming to be engaged, despite still being legally married to his wife. D'Souza disputed the World magazine article[15] in a public statement the evening before his resignation.

In 2012, the college relocated from the Empire State Building to a new location in the Wall Street area of New York City. The College has an active board of trustees who support the College financially.[16] The college also became independent of Campus Crusade in 2012.[1]

On July 11, 2013, the college announced the appointment of Gregory Alan Thornbury, former dean of the School of Theology and Missions at Union University, as the 6th president of the institution.[17][18]


The college is authorized by the Board of Regents to grant Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in a total of four programs.[19] and has received regional accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Higher Education.[20][21] The college currently maintains degrees in "Business Management," "Finance", "Politics, Philosophy, and Economics" ("PPE"), and[22] a major in "Media, Culture and the Arts" ("MCA"), which was officially launched in August 2009.[23] Students are able to pursue 11 different minors in Business Administration, Economics, Foundations of Education, Culture and the Arts, Journalism, Literature, Media Studies, philosophy, Politics, Pre-law, and Theology.[24]


The King's College has been accredited by the New York Board of Regents for over 40 years.[25] The King's College pursued regional accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and after completing a self-study and being reviewed by the Commission on Higher Education in 2009, The King's College was granted regional accreditation as of November 19, 2009.[26] King's is now accredited and no longer needs to pursue accreditation with the New York Board of Regents. The King's College will complete its next self-study with Middle States for accreditation renewal between 2014 and 2015.[27]

Student life

During the 2012–2013 academic year, the school enrolled a total of 500 students from 15 countries and 38 states.[5] The average ACT score of the 2012 incoming class was 27.

Residence life

King's does not require attendance at church or chapel services, and students are not required to sign a statement of faith (although faculty and staff are).[28] Instead, students sign an honor code pledging not to "lie, cheat, steal, or turn a blind eye to those who do."[29] This is described by the school as "the minimum standard of ethical behavior that all students have contracted to live by."[29] Students live in groups of three or four[30] in apartments in two high-rise buildings on Sixth Avenue.[5] Students are also housed in a studio apartment building on Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights. During the summer, King's leases these apartments to students in the city for summer internships.[31]

King's has a house system, although the school describes the system as also having similarities to traditional fraternities and sororities.[32] All incoming students are assigned to one of the ten currently established houses, which are named for historic leaders: C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Corrie ten Boom, Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Winston Churchill, and Clara Barton.[32] Students are encouraged to develop strong ties within their houses.[32] During the year, they participate in inter-house competition in events such as "The Great Race," a scavenger hunt throughout the City,[33] and the house GPA contest, where each house attempts to achieve the highest average GPA.[5][34] Houses also host periodic events including dinners, dances, and annual events like the Super Bowl Party traditionally hosted by the House of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

As upperclassmen, students are eligible for election by their peers to one of four house leadership positions: President, Scholar, Helmsman, and Chamberlain.[32] Each position has certain spiritual, academic, or residence life responsibilities within the house.[32]

Extracurricular activities

King’s has many student groups, including The King's Debate Society, which was ranked 11th in the United States in a 2012 worldwide ranking by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA); Mock Trial, which puts students in the shoes of courtroom lawyers and witnesses, competing against other colleges at a regional and national level. The King's College is one of the only Christian colleges in the United States that offers Mock Trial.

REFUGE is a weekly worship service held on campus to meet the ever-present need for community and worship in the Christian journey. Other clubs include The King's College Theatre (TKCT), which puts on dramatic performances and other theater-related events, The King's Dancers, which schedules dance practices, performances, and outings.

Other organizations include The King's Council, the King's student government group, the Empire State Tribune, the King's student newspaper, and The Lewis Review, a strictly unaffiliated student publication run by the House of Lewis.[35] King's students are encouraged to start groups they see a need for at the college.[36]


The King's Baseball team, Fall 2011

The King's College has a number of athletic teams, competing at various levels. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country and soccer. Women's sports include basketball, volleyball, cross country and soccer. TKC is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), as well as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), primarily competing in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC). Continuing TKC's policy of encouraging students to start their own programs and take active ownership in student life, most teams at King's are student-started and run ventures. The athletics program at The King's College is designed to serve students' interests in sports and recreational activities, whether they are competitive, recreational, or instructional. Emphasis is placed on student leadership and involvement, as well as on the dedication and commitment of club members.[37]



  1. ^ a b King’s to become independent of Campus Crusade
  2. ^ "Top 15 Conservative Colleges"
  3. ^ "History of King's", About King's. The King's College. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  4. ^ a b The Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. "'As This Is Our First Broadcast...': Biography of Percy B. Crawford". Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d e Segal, David (19 February 2008). "God and the City." The Washington Post, p. C01. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  6. ^ Bennett, Jonathan (November 28, 2007). "Montreat College Athletics Hall of Fame." Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  7. ^ a b Walk With the King Biography of Dr. Robert A. Cook. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  8. ^ a b Yasinac, Rob. "Briarcliff Lodge and The King's College." Hudson Valley Ruins. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  9. ^ Carnes, Tony (February 9, 1998). "King's College Resurrection Signals Big Apple's Renewal", Christianity Today, p. 60. Retrieved November 10, 2009
  10. ^ a b c University of the State of New York (July 14, 2005). Compliance Report of an Accreditation Site Visit to The King’s College on May 25, 2005 For the Purpose of Renewing Institutional Accreditation. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  11. ^ Faculty Commons History. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  12. ^ Aviv, Rachel (April 4, 2006). "On High." The Village Voice. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  13. ^ "The King's College". August 23, 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
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  19. ^ New York State Education Department Inventory of Registered Programs. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  20. ^ Middle States Commission on Higher Education Institution Directory. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  21. ^ The King's College Academic Catalog: Accreditation. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  22. ^ The King's College Programs of Study. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  23. ^ The King's College Press Release 18 December 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  24. ^ The King's College [5].
  25. ^ Stanley Kurtz, Long Live King's, National Review Retrieved March 5, 2010
  26. ^ Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Institutional Directory, The King's College. Retrieved March 5, 2010
  27. ^ [6]
  28. ^ The King's College Frequently Asked Questions No. 12. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  29. ^ a b The King's College Student Handbook. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  30. ^ Paumgarten, Nick (August 1, 2005). "The Good News." The New Yorker. Retrieved January 10, 2009.
  31. ^ NYC Intern About Us. Retrieved November 9, 2009.
  32. ^ a b c d e The King's College House Manual
  33. ^ The King's College Great Race. Retrieved March 5, 2010
  34. ^ The King's College House GPA Contest. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  35. ^ "About Us – The Lewis Review". Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  36. ^ The King's College Student Organizations [7]. Retrieved March 5, 2010
  37. ^ [8]

Further reading

  • Briarcliff Lodge/King's College at Xydexx: "Exploring" and "Modern Ruins"
  • Briarcliff Lodge and The King's College at Hudson Valley Ruins

External links

  • Official website
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