|Dr. Valarie Green King|
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
2021 W State Rd 426
|On Sunday, February 26, at the age of 70, Dr. Valarie Greene King was taken “home” after waging a hard-fought battle with Cancer.
Dr. King was a diversity practitioner who held a BA degree in psychology from Spelman College, a M.Ed. in counselor education from North Carolina Central University, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the American University. She had over 35 years of experience as an administrator, counselor and psychologist at Bethune-Cookman University and Southern Methodist University. She served as a Captain in the US Army as a clinical psychologist at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas; and DeWitt Army Hospital, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia where she was Executive Officer and Chief of Clinical Psychology Services. She was also a member of the US Army Drug and Alcohol Activity (Pentagon) with responsibilities for working with the Air Force and Navy in developing and implementing certification criteria and procedures for military and civilian counselors.
Dr. King was the founding Director of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Office of Diversity Initiatives, serving with distinction in that role for more than 24 years. Dr. King was an acclaimed leader in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, and her leadership led UCF to be nationally renowned as a champion for promoting and sustaining innovative diversity efforts. One of Dr. King’s final projects before retiring from the university was a partnership with the Library of Congress and UCF to establish the UCF Community Veterans History Project, which began operations during the 2010-2011 academic year.
After her retirement from UCF, she launched a consulting firm, “TacticalDiversity.com” —continuing her work on inclusion, strategic diversity planning, stress management, career development and culturally competent leadership.
Dr. Valarie King was widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of Diversity and Inclusion and was cited as one of 25 Outstanding Women Leaders Making a Difference in the March 2012 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In 2013, Dr. King was selected as an inaugural recipient of the Pharos Award given by the Commission on Diversity, and Excellence (CADE) of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities the nation's oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 states.
Dr. King took great pleasure in traveling and learning to understand people from varied cultures. She walked the halls of life as Homecoming Queen and later as Miss Monroe High, in Cocoa, FL. Additionally, she was a captain in the US Army, an educator and a beacon for diversity and inclusiveness. Most importantly, she was a standard-bearer in her family--a model daughter, a faithful sister, a mentoring aunt and the role she cherished most—a strong and devoted mother.
Dr. King was a member of many professional, community and service organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc.
Dr. King is preceded in death by her parents, James R. Greene, President of Carver Junior College during segregation (now Eastern Florida State College) in Cocoa, Florida and Mildred B. Greene, a world-traveled Librarian and English Professor at Bethune-Cookman College (Now BCU). Dr. King is also preceded by her sister, Janet D. Greene, the former Head Speech Pathologist of the State of Connecticut and an educator.
She is survived by her only and cherished son, Steven Randolph King. Her Sister, former Daytona Beach City Commissioner-Zone 6, Cassandra G. Reynolds; niece and nephew, Stacey Y. Reynolds-Carruth (Spouse, Robert C. Carruth, Jr.) and Michael James Greene McLaughlin, Sr. (Spouse, Kezia McLaughlin); grandnephews and grandniece: Robert C. Carruth, III, Gabriel Clinton Carruth, Cassandra Diane Carruth; Michael James Greene McLaughlin, Jr. and Charles McLaughlin. She is also survived by a host of cousins, including Barlows, Cherrys, Greenes, Langs, Taylors, as well as many friends and colleagues.
Memorial services for Dr. King will be held on Sunday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m., at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 2021 W State Rd 426, and Oviedo, FL 32765.
In lieu of flowers:
The family asks that donations be made to the Dr. Valarie Greene King Memorial Fund at the UCF Foundation in support of the Leadership Enhancement Program (LEP)—sponsored annually by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion—benefitting UCF faculty and staff seeking professional development.
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12424 Research Parkway, Suite 250
Orlando, FL 32826
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