Michael (“Mike”) King began his tenure as Volunteers of America’s national president on July 1, 2010, succeeding Charles W. Gould, who ended his 15-year tenure as national president.
“I believe Volunteers of America has a bright future and is well positioned to impact lives and nurture a culture of compassion and renewal,” King said. “This is a critical time in the history of Volunteers of America and all human service organizations. Today as much as ever, it is crucial that we identify innovative and effective solutions to tackle the ever-changing challenges faced by society’s most vulnerable citizens.”
Starting in 2005, King served as CEO of Volunteers of America Texas, based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The Texas organization provides services throughout the state―with an emphasis on low-income families, clients with intellectual disabilities and those recovering from substance abuse―with regional offices in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. In this role, King led a statewide operation with an annual budget of more than $30 million and 550 employees.
King has more than 35 years experience working as a leader in the nonprofit sector. He previously held executive positions with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the Volunteer Center of Dallas, ChildCareGroup and Volunteer–The National Center. King has served as a facilitator of leadership training for Hewlett Packard, and has also served on the faculty of both the University of Colorado and the Institute for Advanced Volunteer Management in the United Kingdom.
King holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University and a Masters degree in civic affairs from the University of Dallas. He is also a minister with the Disciples of Christ, Christian Church. In addition, King is a past recipient of the President’s Outstanding Volunteer Action Award, presented to him by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He won the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Speaker of the Year Award in 2003.