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
Established 1946
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church (Congregation of Holy Cross)
Endowment US $148 million[1]
President Rev. John J. Ryan, C.S.C., Ph.D.
Administrative staff
Students 2,700
Location Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
41°14′53″N 75°52′39″W / 41.24806°N 75.87750°W / 41.24806; -75.87750Coordinates: 41°14′53″N 75°52′39″W / 41.24806°N 75.87750°W / 41.24806; -75.87750
Campus Urban
Campus size 48 acres[2]
Colors Red and gold         
Athletics NCAA, Middle Atlantic Corporation
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Nickname Monarchs
Mascot Leo the Lion
King's College Pennsylvania logo.png

King's College, formally The College of Christ the King, is a liberal arts college located in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, King's has been ranked among the best colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for 16 straight years. Barron's Best Buys in College Education selected King's as one of the top 10% of colleges in the United States.[3] King’s College ranked 366 out of the 650 best colleges in the nation according to Forbes magazine. According to Forbes, the college ranked number one in Northeastern Pennsylvania.[4] The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognized King's innovative and effective service and service learning programs. The American Association of Colleges and Universities' Greater Expectations Initiative named the college as one of only 16 "Leadership Institutions" nationwide. The John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges recognized King's in its select group of 100 colleges nationwide. The college is located within the Diocese of Scranton.


King's College was founded in 1946 by the Congregation of Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame. The college was initially built to educate the sons of local miners and mill workers that lived in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. Their administration building was built back in 1913, before the college even existed. It was first established as the headquarters of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company. The building was designed by Daniel Burnham of Chicago.[citation needed]

Nearby, at the corner of Franklin and Jackson Streets, the college's Chapel of "Christ the King" houses a 4,200-pound anthracite altar (symbolizing the relationship between the coal industry and the college). It was created for King's in 1954 by the great African- American coal sculptor and Wilkes-Barre resident, C. Edgar Patience.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


The campus seen from Giants Despair Mountain

King's College and Wilkes University have consolidated their bookstores into a single store. It is located near Wilkes-Barre's Public Square and is run by Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.[5]

The college also owns land for sporting events near Highland Park Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre Township. This area contains a football stadium, a baseball field, a soccer field, and other sports-related fields.

The college provides parking areas for both students and faculty. Visitors also have their own parking lots. The campus covers nearly 50 acres in downtown Wilkes-Barre (adjacent to the Susquehanna River). Monarch Court is situated near the center of the campus. It brings all sides of the campus together. It's a large brick patio that encircles a large brick design of the "K" in King's College. In addition, each one of the bricks surrounding the "K" is engraved with the names of students, alumni, and local businesses.[6]


College halls[edit]

  • Luksic Hall - corner of West Jackson and North Franklin Streets
  • Benaglia Hall - North Franklin Street
  • Hafey-Marian Hall - West Jackson Street (also located near the center of the campus)
  • Holy Cross Hall - located near Monarch Court
  • Hessel Hall - located near Monarch Court
  • Esseff Hall - corner of North Main and West Jackson Streets
  • Flood Hall - corner of Harrison and West North Streets
  • Alumni Hall - corner of East Jackson and North Main Streets
  • O'Hara Hall - corner of North Main and North Streets
  • King's on the Square - Wilkes-Barre public square

College courts[edit]

  • Monarch Court - located near the center of the campus
  • Moreau Court - located near West North Street
  • Basketball Court - Spencer Street (located behind Scandlon Gym)

College centers and school(s)[edit]

College houses[edit]

  • John J. Lane House - North Franklin Street
  • Kilburn House - North Franklin Street (formerly used as the college president's home)
  • Sherrer House - corner of Spencer and North Franklin Streets

College places of interest[edit]

College community buildings[edit]

  • Holy Cross Community - North Franklin Street
  • Holy Cross Community/Student Housing - North Franklin Street

Miscellaneous buildings[edit]

  • Environmental Studies - located behind Benaglia Hall
  • Alumni Relations - North Franklin Street
  • Experiential Learning - North Franklin Street
  • Human Resources - North Franklin Street
  • Study Abroad - corner of Spencer and North Franklin Streets
  • O'Hara Hall - corner of North Main and East North Streets
  • Maintenance - Harrison Street (located behind the gym)


The school's academic programs are accredited by several highly respected organizations: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (making King's one of only 48 undergraduate schools of business in the country with this accreditation), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (making King's one of only 19 other colleges in Pennsylvania with this accreditation), 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 a ten-year re-accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

King's grants bachelor's degrees in 35 majors (business, education, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and allied health programs) and a master's degree in physician assistant studies and education studies.[7] The average class size is 18 with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.[8] There are 7 pre-professional programs and 10 special concentrations. The average student GPA is 3.3. Over 96% of freshmen students receive institutional financial aid. Over 87% of the faculty has a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degrees. According to the college, 70% of all enrolled students graduate from King's and 99% of graduates are employed or attend graduate school within six months of graduation.[8] The business program is AACSB-accredited.[9]

Student life[edit]

King's has 2,700 students.[8]

Student government [1][edit]

In March 2013, three candidates ran for the position of Executive Board President: 2012-2013 EB Treasurer Peter Kmec, Sophomore Class President Nicole Lawler, and Sophomore Class Secretary Steven Hippeli. Candidates also running for positions on the Executive Board were EB Chief Information Officer Eric Grego for Vice-President, EB Secretary Sean Ziller running for reelection to his position, Junior Nathaly Caraballo for Treasurer, and Freshmen Brianna Prince for CIO. Kmec was declared winner of the Presidency and all other candidates were elected to their respective position on the Board. The new Executive Board will take office at the end of the 2013 academic year.

Residence life[edit]

The college has 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).[10]

The residence halls offer a variety of living arrangements from single rooms to apartments, with internet access, e-mail and a telephone line for each student. In the halls, there are lounges with 24-hour computer labs and cable television. Laundry rooms are not too far away. Residence halls are secure, accessible only by student ID card or by the desk attendant. King's offers several dining and meal plan options: Connerton's (located under the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center), the Marketplace cafe, The Susquehanna Room (located in the Basement of the Administration Building) and Leo's on Mane (located in Gateway Corners).

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

King's College recognizes 46 clubs and organizations. These clubs focus on academics (i.e., Biology Club and Psychology Club), service (i.e., Knights of Columbus and Sigma Kappa Sigma), Health Related Organizations (i.e. (Sports Medicine Society), Arts & Sciences Organizations (i.e. Criminal Justice Association), International (Multicultural/International Club), Media & Publishing (Media Club), Music & Arts (i.e. Campion Society), and Special Interests (Student Allies For Equality).[11]


In 1961, the King's College team of Frank Harrison and Peter Smith, under coach Robert Connelly, lost to Harvard University's Laurence Tribe and Gene Clements in the finals of the National Debate Tournament at West Point.[12]

Media and publications[edit]

Radio King's College (WRKC) logo

King's College has a student-run radio station, "Radio King's College" (WRKC). The radio station focuses on music but also covers live athletic events and provides a news program. A general manager oversees the entire student-run radio station.[13] Aside from WRKC, King's produces a weekly student newspaper called "The Crown."[14] King's literary magazine, "The Scop," is published twice every year and accepts written and visual submissions from current students and alumni.[15] "The Regis" is the King's College yearbook that is published annually. The college also 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. KCTV is coming back on the air with a "late night" style television show entitled, KCTV Tonight. Additional student programming is going to be shown on KCTV. Shows planned for production include a college cooking show, a game show, sports highlights, a "Mike and Mike in the Morning" style show based on a WRKC show, and a movie/video game review show. These shows will be filmed in the new HD TV studio.


King's College Monarchs athletics logo

The college teams compete in NCAA Division III level and are members of the Middle Atlantic Conference. The college's athletic nickname is the Monarchs. King's teams compete in 14 intercollegiate sports: baseball, men and women's basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, men and women's soccer, men and women's swimming, men and women's Cross Country, men and women's tennis, wrestling, field hockey, softball and volleyball.[16] King's College and Wilkes University officials have reached an agreement with WQMY-TV for the television rights for the 2011 Mayor's Cup Game scheduled for Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m.

King's College alma mater[edit]

Hail, our royal Regent,
Thy sovereign name we praise,
King of Earth and Heaven,
Watcher of our ways.
We're forever loyal
Ever proud to sing,
The glories of the school we cherish
Hail to Christ the King!

Presidents of King's College[edit]

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

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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