Statement from former House Speaker Kirk Cox on the Impending Retirement of JMU’s Charles W. King, Jr.

September 24, 2021


COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Former House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) today released the following statement on the impending retirement of Charles “Charlie” W. King, Jr., senior vice president of James Madison University.

“Congratulations are in order for my good friend Charlie King as he announces his retirement from James Madison University effective December 31st.

“During my course in the House of Delegates, Charlie has been the face of JMU at the General Assembly. He has played a role in nearly every project large and small at JMU. As a JMU alumni myself, I was privileged to work closely with Charlie often, particularly on the House Appropriations Committee as we worked together to strengthen higher education in the Commonwealth.

“Charlie’s accomplishments are too extensive for one single press release, but there are several worthy of special recognition. Charlie was instrumental in the redevelopment of the Rockingham Hospital into the Student Success Center and the construction of the new convocation center. Charlie was a key player in the establishment of the School of Business and led the charge to restructure JMU into a prestigious tier III institution. Throughout his years of service, Charlie has worked tirelessly to make JMU one of the most affordable universities in the country.

“Legislators in Richmond, regardless of party affiliation, will agree that Charlie is a true, level headed professional. We can rely on Charlie for complete and honest answers to questions we ask. Charlie has always put the university’s best interest first.

“Charlie will go down as one of the great leaders of JMU, with a level of dedication comparable to former university presidents Ron Carrier and Lin Rose. Charlie’s leadership has positively impacted JMU more than can ever fully be described. His retirement is a huge loss for the university and represents an enormous pair of shoes to fill.

“I wish Charlie and his family all the best as they enter this new chapter of their life.

“Go Dukes!”

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