Michael King, J.D.
Instructor in Behavioral & Social Sciences Department
How did you discover Western?
Since leaving Boulder in ‘93, my wife and I promised we’d land in a town like Boulder “used to be”—outdoorsy, progressive, educated, with a preservation of the Colorado spirit and ideal. That describes Boulder in 1980. We feel it describes Gunnison today. We moved here to be a part of Western.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
I am proud of ongoing success as an entrepreneur, social justice advocate, mediator, trial attorney and educator, as well as the diversity of my life experiences from building an award-winning brewery, to living in rural Alaska, to opening a progressive law firm.
What most excites you about your field?
I love inciting confidence through capability and fostering students as they gain empowerment as people and citizens through education. Seeing a once-shy student give an inspirational speech and a silent student find a voice.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
Western Colorado University. Smack dab in the middle of the most beautiful land in all the country in all the world. I simply wouldn’t trade living here for any other place.