Dr. Peter D. King

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

Dr. Peter King is the provost — the chief academic officer — at Francis Marion University. He is also a professor of biology at the University.

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. to attend NC 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.

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 is the past chair of the department of biology at FMU and was the associate provost for enrollment management. He was named provost in 2016 and has presided over a significant expansion of the University’s academic offerings.

King lives in Florence with his wife Annie.


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 six straight years as a “Great College to Work For” Honor Roll university. Read more here.

Francis Marion University is ranked among Washington Monthly’s “Best Masters Universities” in the magazine’s latest ranking.

  • FMU is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Francis Marion University is listed as the Best Ethnically Diverse University in the South by U.S. News and World Report.


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PO Box 100547, Florence, SC 29502
Street Address:
4822 E. Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29506

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