» BS JOURNALISM, '83
» MA PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, '86
Gale King understands the value of education. Raised by her grandmother on a modest income, King developed a strong work ethic to realize her dreams. After graduating from the University of Florida, she began her career at Nationwide as a claims adjuster. She ascended to the highest levels of leadership at Nationwide’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, becoming the executive vice president and chief human resources officer.
Named one of the most successful women in corporate America, King extends her leadership to numerous organizations. She actively supports UF as a member of multiple boards, councils and committees and works to ensure students have access to education. King generously established the Gale V. King Endowed Fund for Excellence to provide scholarships for first-generation students, in addition to a scholarship fund in the name of her late grandmother and mother, which provides four scholarships annually.
A distinguished alumna, King has been honored with the Academy of Golden Gators UF Annual Volunteer Award, the National Urban League “Woman of Power” Award and as one of Black Enterprise’s 2012 "100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.”