Dr. Peter D. King

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Dr. Peter D. King

University Provost, Dean of the Francis Marion College of Liberal Arts, Professor of Biology, James K. Konduros Professor of Leadership

Office: SAB 115
Phone: 843-661-1286

Peter King was born in Australia, but is a naturalized citizen, and has lived in the US since 1992. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a Ph.D. in 1996 and came to FMU as an assistant professor of biology. Subsequently he served as professor and chair of the Department of Biology from 2007 to 2011. Dr. King’s research interests are in the ecology and physiology of turtles.

In 2011 he became the associate provost for academic affairs and enrollment management where he oversaw the offices of Admissions, Financial Assistance, and the Registrar. He was named as Provost in 2016.



Doctor of Philosophy, Major in Zoology, Minor in Physiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. 1996.
Bachelor of Arts (Class 1 Honors), Majors in Animal Biology and Geography, University of New England, Armidale, Australia. 1992.
Bachelor of Business, Major in Marketing.
NSW Institute of Technology, Sydney, Australia. 1980. (now University of Technology)
Certificate of Horticulture, Sydney Technical College, Sydney, Australia. 1979.

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Life Science, Bio105 and Bio105L
Organismal Biology, Bio106 and Bio106L
Environmental Biology Lab, Bio 103L
Human Biology, Bio104 and Bio104L
Vertebrate Physiology, Bio410 and Bio410L
Human Physiology, Bio406 and 406L

Research Interests:

Physiology, ecology, herpetology and conservation.
Most of my research to date has been in physiological ecology of freshwater turtles.
My latest project was ‘Population Ecology of Diamondback Terrapins at North Inlet, Winyah Bay, SC”.


FMU has the lowest cost of attendance of any college in South Carolina, based on rankings from CollegeFactual.com.

Meaningful Academics

The liberal arts remain the foundation of a great education for all FMU students, but we’ve developed an array of professional programs to meet the 21st century needs of both our students and our community.

The Right Size

The University keeps class sizes small because that’s the environment that best facilitates learning. A 15:1 student-professor ratio, and a student enrollment of 4,000 provides the perfect balance to enhance learning and still promote a diverse selection of programs.


Students can walk our lovely, tree-lined campus in about 30-45 minutes, but most take longer because in a place this beautiful, you want to stop and enjoy nature’s beauty.


Francis Marion University has been recognized for five straight years as a “Great College to Work For” Honor Roll university by the Chronicle for Higher Ed. More at http://www.chronicle.com/interactives/greatcolleges16

FMU is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities by U.S. News and World Report.
Francis Marion University is in ETC’s top 10 percent of universities that have the most impact on a graduate’s long-term career earnings. More at www.educatetocareer.com.


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Street Address:
4822 E. Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29506

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