King's College (Pennsylvania)

King's College, formally The College of Christ the King, is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; the college is located within the Diocese of Scranton.

King's College
Latin: Collegium Christi Regis
MottoLatin: Oportet Eum Regnare
Motto in English
"It is fitting that he should reign"
AffiliationRoman Catholic Church (Congregation of Holy Cross)
EndowmentUS $148 million[1]
PresidentRev. John J. Ryan, C.S.C., Ph.D.
Academic staff
152 full-time, 77 part-time
Administrative staff
Location, ,
41°14′53″N 75°52′39″W
Campus size48 acres[2]
ColorsRed and gold         
AthleticsNCAA Division III, Middle Atlantic Conference
SportsFootball, Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
MascotLeo the Lion


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]


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–present


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 new King's on the Square facility is a c center for learning and living in the heart of downtown Wilkes-Barre. King's on the Square is home to a number of in-demand programs, including Physician Assistant Studies, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science. The new center offers attractive and safe student residences that bring students in direct contact with the downtown environment. King's on the Square also includes and an art and cultural display center and a Chick-fil-A restaurant for students, faculty, staff, and the downtown community.

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.


  • Administration Building - 133 North River Street

College halls

  • 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

  • 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)

  • The William G. McGowan School of Business]- King's undergraduate business school
  • Mulligan Physical Science Center - located behind the Administration Building (adjacent to the Theater)
  • Charles E. & Mary Parente Life Sciences Center - corner of North River and West Jackson Streets
  • Gym|Scandlon Physical Education Center - North Main Street
  • Admissions Visitors Center - North Franklin Street
  • Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center - located behind the Library and Esseff Hall

College houses

  • 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

  • Maffei Theatre - located in the Administration Building
  • D. Leonard Corgan Library - West Jackson Street
  • Campus Ministry Center- corner of West Jackson and North Franklin Streets

College community buildings

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

Miscellaneous buildings

  • 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 (behind the gym)


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 Ph.D. 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 (M.Ed.) degree in reading or curriculum and instruction, and a five-year physician assistant studies program leading to a master's degree.

Student life

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).[8]

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.[9]

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.[10] 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.

Notable alumni


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