Dr. Peter D. King

Dr. Peter King

Dr. Peter D. King

Faculty of Biology

Years at FMU: 1996-2023

Dr. Peter King was named Provost at FMU July 2016. Dr. King is the past chair of the Biology department, and was the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management. He is a professor of Biology and a former James K. Konduros Professor of Leadership.  Dr. King retired June 30, 2023.


Dr. King was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. The Order of the Palmetto is the State of South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, and it is presented to citizens of the state for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements.


As Provost, Dr. King has been instrumental in the creation of numerous academic programs including doctoral programs in nursing practice, occupational therapy, and clinical psychology; master degrees in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and speech-language pathology; and bachelor degrees in engineering, environmental science, and forestry studies.

Dr. King grew up in Sydney, Australia, the youngest of five children. He attended the New South Wales Institute of Technology, in Sydney, and graduated with a Bachelor of Business in 1980.  After several years in in business, King returned to the University of Armidale and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Class I Honours in 1992, majoring in Animal Biology.  In 1992 he moved to Raleigh, N.C. attending North Carolina State University and graduated in 1996 with a Ph.D. in Zoology.  Shortly after graduation he accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in the department of biology at FMU.

Dr. King’s research interests focus on the ecology of turtles, and he authored and reviewed numerous scholarly articles related to the topic. In 2007, and again in 2009 King was named the Harry M. Lightsey, Jr. visiting scholar at Hobcaw Barony by The Belle Baruch Foundation.

Dr. King lives in Florence with his wife Annie.