As provost of Ball State, Terry King oversees the university's seven academic colleges, among other responsibilities.

Before arriving at Ball State in August 2006, King served as dean of the College of Engineering at Kansas State—a college of 150 faculty members, eight academic departments and 32 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

He began his professional career as a research engineer at Exxon Chemical Co. in Baton Rouge, La., in 1979 and progressed to senior engineer in 1981. In 1982, he joined the faculty at Iowa State as an assistant professor, becoming an associate professor in 1986 and a full professor in 1990. He then became chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Iowa State, a position he held until 1997.

He has taught all levels of chemical engineering, produced more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reports, given numerous technical/scientific talks around the world, and holds three patents.

Provost King received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State University in 1975, and his doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979.