Sofia University Announces Inauguration of First President, Neal King Ph.D.

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Events to include community art show and unveiling of new public programs.

It is a very exciting time to be a part of the Sofia community, and it’s wonderful to be able to invite the public to experience our unique culture and programs.

Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) announced today plans to celebrate the inauguration of its first president, Neal King, Ph.D. Over a three-day period the university will host a series of events open to the public. Inauguration events will start on Wednesday, October 17th and lead up to the official Inauguration Ceremony on Friday, October 19th.

Inauguration events will include a ritual blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony, community art exhibit and reception, a talk with university founders Robert Frager and James Fadiman, and an open house showcasing Sofia University as the new home of California Campus Compact – a service learning organization serving California's leading colleges and universities. The school will also unveil new program offerings, including undergraduate completion programs and a variety of public programs and events.

Neal King, Ph.D., is the first president of Sofia University. King also currently serves as President of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and is a founding member of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education. He also serves on the Executive Board of California Campus Compact.

The name change from Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) to Sofia University was made official in July, but the school is still undergoing the full transition which includes the physical expansion into a new building adjacent to the current campus. The school will continue to offer graduate programs with an emphasis on transpersonal, transformative education, but is also introducing undergraduate completion programs and hopes to connect with the external community in new ways through a wide variety of public programs.

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chris von Bogdandy, commented, “The new program offerings and building expansion will allow the university to connect with the community in ways we never thought possible. It is a very exciting time to be a part of the Sofia community, and it’s wonderful to be able to invite the public to experience our unique culture and programs.”

For a full schedule of inauguration events and times, please visit:

About Sofia University

Founded in 1975, Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) is a private, non-sectarian university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For over 35 years, within the context of scholarship and research, the school has offered transformative education for the whole person, probing the mind, body, spirit connection. As Sofia University, the school is broadening its mission, reaching into multiple disciplines and adding undergraduate study. For more information, visit


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