Dr. Toni King ~ Provost, Professor, and Writer
* Dr. Toni King is one of the first cadre of African American women to complete the Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University’s prestigious Weatherhead School of Management in the 1980s. Just prior to completing her doctorate in 1987, Dr. King taught at the historically Black public university, Norfolk State University in their School of Business. While teaching there and investing wholeheartedly in teaching their student body which spanned traditional and non-traditional aged students, Dr. King also engaged in independent consulting with a focus on organizational diversity, as well as women of color and leadership development. As her work for the next two decades would attest, both the areas of diversity and leadership development with particular attention to women and women of color would be hallmarks of Dr. King’s career. Beyond this topical thrust, Dr. King’s work with women of color, and with organizations as a consultant has been informed by her understanding that the communities and relationships that comprise organizational life must be healthy enough to allow individuals to thrive and self-actualize. Toward this end, a core value of Dr. King is that people and organizations must come to embrace their own stories of the tensions and human dynamics that shape personal interiority and that shape the organization’s internal life. She works toward human healing and social justice within organizations by providing opportunities for individuals, groups, communities, and organizations to come to know and articulate their human stories (including their his/her stories) as a means of tapping human potentials and defying oppressive conditions. This motive and method run throughout Dr. King’s own life and growth, as well as her work as an educator, consultant, intellectual, and artist.
In 1989, Dr. King accepted a position at the State University of New York at Binghamton in a newly created tenure track position within the Human Development Program of the School of Education and Human Development. This seminal position called for a focus on adult development, and organizational development with a concentration on race, gender, and institutional change. This position brought Dr. King’s interests together and she once again enjoyed teaching students across the life span with an opportunity to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, working closely with students individually and with student organizations, and playing a leadership role at the college with respect to diversity in higher education.