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academic administrator , educator , consultant , Fashion designer

Kay Wander King, American academic administrator, fashion designer, consultant, educator.


King, Kay Wander was born on October 16, 1937 in Houston, Texas, United States. Daughter of Aretas Robert and Verna Elizabeth (Klann) Wander.


Bachelor, University North Texas, Denton, 1959. Master of Liberal Arts, Houston Baptist University, 1991.


Fashion designer Kabro Houston, Inc., 1959—1966, Joe Frank, Inc., Houston, 1966—1968. Director fashion Foley's, 1968—1970. Principal Kay King Designer/Cons., since 1970.

Chair fashion department Houston Community College, 1981—1997, chair fashion and interior design department, 1997—2003, interim dean workforce development, 2000—2001, chair department applied arts, 2003—2008. Division chair Lifestyle Arts and Design Careers, since 2008. Cultural exchange professor fashion design Jinan, China, 2000, Tel Aviv, 2006.

Member advisory board Spring Indiana School District Technology Education, Texas, since 1990. Board directors Make it Yourself with Wool, Texas. National judge American Sheep Industries Make It With Wool Competition, 1997, 2001.

Texas Workforce Education Course Manual Facilitator, 1997—2001. Site evaluator Texas Coordinator Board for Higher Education, 1994, 99, 2000. Guest lecturer Museum Fine Arts, Houston, 2000, 07, International Folk Art Museum, 2004, Rice University, Houston, 2006, Menil Collection, 2006.

National judge American Sheep Industries Make It With Wool Competition, 2007.


  • Other Work

    • Clothing and costume designer Mistress American, 1966, Houston Oilers Cheerleaders, 1968-1992, Astroworld and The Astrodome, 1968-1969, Brian Boru Opera, 1991, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, 1994-1996, Houston Comets/Houston Rockets, 1997. Exhibition curator Costumes and Cultures, Houston Community College, 2005, Passion Red Fashion, 2006, J'Adore Noir et Blanc Fashion, 2007, Fashion Rainbow, 2008. Contributing editor Houston Health & Fitness Sports magazine, since 2007.


Chair Gulf Coast area United Cerebral Palsy Telethon, 1981. Chair Whiteley Endowment Scholarship Awards, Houston, 1990-1993, Sickle Cell Foundation, Houston, 1995-2000. Admnistr. Bedichek Faculty Development Grants, 1995-1996.

President Spring Branch Indiana School District Council, PTAs, Houston, 1987-1988. Board director Houston Community College Foundation, 1988-1993, Museum Fine Arts textiles and costume department, Houston, 1991-2005, acquisitions committee, 1993-2005. Fellow Costume Society of America (awards chair 1992-1993, executive board director, secretary 1993-1999, vice president 2000-2004, president elect 2004-2006, international symposium coordinator 2004, international president 2006-2008, immediate past president, 2008-2010, President's award 2004, fellow 2005, member board trustees endowment fund, since 2007).

Member National Parent-Teachers Association (life, honorary, council president 1987-1988), Texas Junior College Teachers Association (section chair 1990-1992), Fashion Group International (board director, cultural exchange chair 1965-1971, regional director 1969-1970, program director, chair career conference 1994, retail chair 1995, Keynote address 1997, international conference delegate Paris 2000, Toronto 2004, career conference speaker 2006, 08, 10), Houston Community College Women Administrators Association (board director 1993-1995, vice president 1994-1995, Star award 1989, Keynote address 1996, Men Distinction Presenter 2004-2010), Houston Fashion Designers Association (charter, publicity chair 1989-1993, vice president board director 1993-1997), Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association (Achievement award 2003), Federation Houston Professional Women (board director, program director 1993, administrative secretary 1994, president-elect 1995, president 1996, past president 1997, travel director since 1998, charter Classy Clown Corps 1994-2000), Zeta Tau Alpha (charity showhouse chair 1985, National Certified of Merit 1986, Order of the Shield, 2007).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: opera, ballet, travel, graphic computer design, professional football.


Married George Ronald King, February 21, 1960. 1 child Collin Wander.

Aretas Robert Wander

Verna Elizabeth (Klann) Wander

George Ronald King

Collin Wander King