Ken Kingsley was born and raised in Kansas. He received his bachelor's degree in journalism and an AFROTC commission from Kansas State University in 1964. As an information officer, he served two years in Madison, Wisconsin and three and one-half years in Colorado Springs, Colorado (with the North American Air Defense Command). While in the Air Force, he studied towards a master's degree at the Boston University School of Public Relations.
Ken resigned his commission in 1970, and moved back to Kansas State University as a writer/photographer in the KSU Extension Information Office. Four years later he had earned his master's degree in journalism and mass communications. He then moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where he was employed in the Oregon State University Extension Communications Office, again as a writer/photographer. In 1992 he became department head for Extension and Experiment Station Communications. He retired in 2002.
Ken has been an ACE member since 1970. He served as a state rep in both Kansas and Oregon, was chair of the marketing SIG from 1991-1994, and served on a variety of committees and task forces (most recently the Strategic Planning Committee, 1995-97) prior to being elected vice president in 1997. He won the Award of Excellence for marketing in 1995, the Outstanding Professional Skill Award in design in 1993 and the Outstanding Professional Skill Award in publications in 1998.