Duane King, PhD

Vice President for Museum Affairs, TU Executive Director, Gilcrease Museum Thomas Gilcrease Chair
(918) 596-2710

Duane King, PhD joined TU in May, 2008 as the Vice President for Museum Affairs and Executive Director, Gilcrease Museum. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Southwest Museum of the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Southwest Museum in 1995, King served the National Museum of the American Indian for five years as the Assistant Director for the George Gustav Heye Center, in New York City. He has also held the positions of Executive Director of the Middle Oregon Indian Historical Society, in Warm Springs, Oregon; Executive Director of the Cherokee National Historical Society, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma; and the Director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina. King taught at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Chattanooga, Cleveland State College, Northeastern State University, and held the first endowed chair in Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University. King received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Georgia. He has authored more than one hundred publications on various aspects of Native American culture and history.