King's College (Pennsylvania)

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King's College
Latin: Collegium Christi Regis
Motto Latin: Oportet Eum Regnare
Motto in English
"It is fitting that He should reign"
Type Private
Affiliation Catholic Church (Congregation of Holy Cross)
Endowment US$148 million [1]
President Rev. Thomas Looney, C.S.C., PhD
Academic staff
152 full-time, 77 part-time
Administrative staff

41°14′53″N75°52′39″W / 41.24806°N 75.87750°W / 41.24806; -75.87750 Coordinates: 41°14′53″N75°52′39″W / 41.24806°N 75.87750°W / 41.24806; -75.87750
CampusUrban, 48 acres [2]
Colors Red and gold
Athletics NCAA Division III, Middle Atlantic Conference
Nickname Monarchs
MascotLeo the Lion
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King's College, formally The College of Christ the King, is a Catholic liberal arts college in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and located within the Diocese of Scranton.



King's College was founded in 1946 by Congregation of Holy Cross priests and brothers from the University of Notre Dame. [3] The original mission of the college was to educate the sons of local miners and mill workers who lived in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. [4] The college's Administration Building indicates the links to the coal mining industry: Built in 1913, it was designed by Daniel Burnham of Chicago to serve as the [headquarters ] of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company.

The college's chapel, Christ the King, is located at the corner of Franklin and Jackson Streets, features a 4,200-pound anthracite altar, highlighting the relationship between the coal industry and the college. It was created for King's in 1954 by renowned African-American sculptor and Wilkes-Barre resident, C. Edgar Patience. [5]

In June 1972, massive flooding occurred in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Rains from Tropical Storm Agnes caused the neighboring Susquehanna River to overflow and flood most of the campus. [6]


President Term
1Fr. James W. Connerton, C.S.C.1946–1949
2Fr. John J. Lane, C.S.C.1949–1950
3Fr. Leo F. Flood, C.S.C.1950–1955
4Fr. George P. Benaglia, C.S.C.1955–1964
5Fr. Lane D. Kilburn, C.S.C.1964–1974
6Fr. Charles D. Sherrer, C.S.C.1974–1981
7Fr. James Lackenmier, C.S.C.1981–1999
8Fr. Thomas J. O'Hara, C.S.C.1999–2011
9Fr. John J. Ryan, C.S.C.2011–2021
10Fr. Thomas Looney, C.S.C.2021-present


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Administration Building, King's College

The campus covers nearly 50 acres in downtown Wilkes-Barre (adjacent to the Susquehanna River). Situated at the center of the campus, Monarch Court is the site of many campus community activities. The court includes a brick-paved area that encompasses a large King's Block K, also in brick, at its center. Each of the bricks surrounding the K is engraved with the names of students, alumni, and local businesses. [7]

The Richard Abbas Alley Center for Health Sciences is home to academics programs such as Physician Assistant Studies, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science. It also includes student residences, an art and cultural display center, and a Chick-fil-A restaurant. [8]

Many of King's athletic teams train and compete two miles from campus at the Robert L. Betzler Athletic Complex, a 33.5-acre athletic facility that includes McCarthy Stadium, a field house, and fields for baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer, football, and field hockey.[ citation needed ]

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Richard Abbas Alley Center for Health Sciences, King's College


College halls

College courts

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King's College chemistry class

College centers and school(s)

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McGowan Walkway, King's College

College houses

College places of interest

College community buildings

Miscellaneous buildings


King's College is an independent, coed, four-year Catholic college with 2,300 students. Founded in 1946 by Congregation of Holy Cross priests and brothers from the University of Notre Dame. King's academic programs are recognized by leading accrediting agencies, including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (one of only 48 undergraduate schools of business in the country with this accreditation), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

King's grants bachelor's degrees in 40 majors ( business , education, humanities, sciences , social sciences ], and allied health programs), 11 concentrations, and seven pre-professional programs. All of the degree programs at King's encourage students to develop practical experience and skills that prepare them to pursue rewarding and successful careers. The college's newest programs include civil and mechanical engineering and nursing. The average class size is 18 with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. The average GPA for entering first-year students is 3.4.

The college has 152 full-time and 77 part-time faculty members. Eighty-five percent of full-time faculty members have PhD or an equivalent terminal degrees (graduate assistants do not teach courses). Seventy percent of all enrolled students graduate from King's, and 99 percent of graduates are employed or attend graduate school within six months of graduation. King's also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in health-care administration, a Master of Education (MEd) degree in reading or curriculum and instruction, and a five-year physician assistant studies program leading to a master's degree.

Student life

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O'Connor Park, King's College

The college has more than fifty student organizations. King's 25 NCAA Division III teams include men's baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, and wrestling. Women's sports include basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. The College also offers rugby and cheerleading as club sports. Intramural sports include basketball, flag football, indoor soccer, racquetball, and dodgeball.

Other co-curricular activities include academic clubs in almost every department: the King's Players (theater), Cantores Christi Regis (choir), Campus Ministry, the Experiencing the Arts Series, The Crown (student newspaper), the Regis (yearbook), and The Scop (literary magazine).

The college offers traditional dormitory housing and apartments. Traditional dorms include Esseff Hall (female freshmen only), Holy Cross Hall (male freshmen only), and Luksic Hall (a co-ed residence hall). Apartments include Alumni Hall (a four-story co-ed building), Flood Hall (co-ed), John Lane House (a three-story home), Gateway Corners (a three-story co-ed), and North Franklin Street (co-ed).

Extracurricular activities

Clubs and organizations

King's College recognizes 46 clubs and organizations. These clubs focus on academics (Biology Club and Psychology Club), service (Knights of Columbus, and Sigma Kappa Sigma), health related organizations (Sports Medicine Society), arts and sciences, international (Multicultural/International Club), media and publishing (Media Club), music and arts (Campion Society), and special interests (Student Allies For Equality, Anime Club, Young Americans for Liberty). [9]

Media and publications

The King's College student-run radio station, WRKC ("Radio King's College") focuses on music but also covers live athletic events and sponsors a news program. . The college also sponsors The Crown, a weekly student newspaper. King's literary magazine, The Scop, is published twice every year and accepts written and visual submissions from current students and alumni. [10]

The college has a closed-circuit campus television station, KCTV 10, which broadcasts shows such as a talk show ("King's Live"), a music competition ("King's Idol"), news, and sports.


King's fields 25 teams that compete at the NCAA Division III level as members of the Middle Atlantic Conference. The college's athletic nickname is the Monarchs. King's teams compete in most intercollegiate sports. [11] King's men's and women's ice hockey teams belong to the United Collegiate Hockey Conference.

King's Division III teams include men's baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, and wrestling. Women's NCAA sports include basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. The College also offers rugby & cheerleading as club sports. Intramural sports include basketball, flag football, indoor soccer, racquetball, and dodgeball.[ citation needed ]

Notable alumni

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