Dr. Melvinia Turner King is interim executive director of the Leadership Center at Morehouse College and assistant professor of leadership studies. Under her direction, the Center is strengthening the leadership studies minor, expanding programs and pursuing partnership opportunities.
Whether developing, implementing, and managing the interdisciplinary curriculum or identifying sources for international leadership development programs, Dr. King is quickly establishing herself as a visionary devoted to fortifying the key values that have been the foundation of the Center since its inception in 1995. She is currently working with several institutions in expanding the Leadership Center’s partnering opportunities globally for interdisciplinary scholars, mentoring opportunities, internship programs and researchers in the field of leadership and curriculum development.
Dr. King’s book entitled The African American Moral Tradition as a Resource for Leadership Education: Developing Ethical Leaders for America with Edwin Mellen Press was released April 2009. In October 2010, she authored an article The Leadership Center at Morehouse College - Ascribing to Global Leadership with a Social Conscience through Education, Research and Training Programsfor the International Leadership Association’s monthly newsletter The Member Connector. Her work and research is specifically focused in the areas of character development, social entrepreneurship, ethical compliance and interdisciplinary curriculum development.
Demonstrating her impact in the field of ethical leadership both nationally and internationally, Dr. King was a co-presenter at the Superintendent Professional Development Program of the Georgia School Superintendents Association, At the Intersection Where Worlds Collide: Ethical Leadership Among Educational Professionals in October 2010; workshop presenter at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership at the 20th Annual International Conference, The African Moral Tradition as a Resource for Leadership Education: Developing Ethical Leaders for America in June 2010;served as a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Seminar International Study Program on Global Citizenship Ethical Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship with STEM focus in Salzburg, Austria in March 2010.; guest presenter at the Association of American Colleges and Universities General Education and Assessment: Maintaining Momentum, Achieving New Priorities Conference addressing Interdisciplinary Ethical Leadership Challenges in Seattle, WA in February 2010; co-presenter at Georgia State University, At the Intersection Where Worlds Collide: Ethical Leadership among University Housing Professionals in January 2010; and conducted a workshop in South Africa for the Johannesburg City Council with Dr. Walter Earl Fluker entitled Ethical Leadership in South Africa in May 2009.
Recently, Dr. King was appointed to the National Advisory Council of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. She serves as faculty liaison for the United Negro College Fund Social Entrepreneurship Program, the AACU Bringing Theory to Practice Initiative and Pericles Project for civic engagement at Morehouse College. In addition, she is chair of Leadership Council, member of the Advisory Board of General Education’s Resource Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment and serves on the SACS and Quality Enhancement Planning Committee at Morehouse College; and is a member of Policy Working Group of theAfrican Presidential Archives and Research Center, Boston University.
She earned a Doctorate of Education in Organization and Leadership-Leadership Studies from the University of San Francisco with areas of concentration in ethics, character development and hermeneutics and a Master of Arts Degree in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco with a focus in English second language learners. Prior to joining academia, Dr. King owned and operated nine McDonald’s restaurants throughout Southern and Northern California from 1982 to 2000.