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History of The King's College

History of The King's College

1938

The King's College was founded in Belmar, NJ by Dr. Percy Crawford. Since 1938, The King's College has always found itself engaged in the public square. Crawford initiated Youth on the March, the first nationwide television show of any kind.

1941

The King's College re-located to New Castle, DE under the leadership of Dr. Crawford.

1955

The King's College re-located to the site of Briarcliff Lodge in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Each year, The King's College hosted a sports tournament for East Coast Christian colleges called The King's Tournament at Briarcliff Manor.

1962

After President Crawford's death in 1960, Dr. Robert A. Cook became the College's second president. In his 23 years as president, the College grew, became accredited, and had a major impact on hundreds of young people. In 1963, he started The King's Hour radio broadcast. Dr. Cook retired from the presidency in 1985 and served as Chancellor of the College until his death in 1991.

1985

Upon the retirement of Dr. Cook, Dr. Friedhelm Radandt, a former professor at the University of Chicago and President of Northwestern College in Iowa, became the College's third president.

1998

J. Stanley Oakes, in coordination with Dr. Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ International, led an effort to re-capitalize the school and Dr. Radandt continued as President.

1999

King's leased 45,000 square feet of space on three floors of the Empire State Building in New York City for classrooms, a student recreation center, and administrative offices.

2003

The Board of Trustees of The King's College selected J. Stanley Oakes, a graduate in Classical Greek from the University of Minnesota and in Political Theory from the University of Dallas, to become the College's fourth president.

2007

Andrew Mills serves as the Interim President of The King's College as the Board of Trustees searches for a successor to Oakes.

2010

After a nationwide search, Dinesh D'Souza was named the fifth president of The King's College in August. D'Souza was a Dartmouth graduate, a former White House policy analyst, a fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford, and a widely-known writer on politics and religion.

2012

Over the summer, the College re-located from the Empire State Building to 56 Broadway, a location one block south of Wall Street in lower Manhattan's Financial District.

2013

In July, the Board of Trustees announced Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury as the College's sixth president. Focused on a renaissance of Christian thought and life, President Thornbury is working to connect the college to key partners and institutions who can collaborate with the mission and vision of King's for the common good.