Mike King, J.D.

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Instructor in Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

B.A., University of Colorado, Philosophy, 1993
J.D., University of Oregon, 1996
Office Location
Taylor Hall 208B


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.