On Tuesday 09/01/1419 AH (06/05/1998 AD) HRH Crown Prince–may God protect him- ordered the merger of Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University and King Saud University in the Southern Region into one entity under the new identity of 'King Khalid University'. Later, on 11/3/1419 AH (6/7/1998 AD), a Royal Decree, Decree 7/78/M was issued to complete all regular procedures necessary to effect the merger. The University's first budget was issued on 14/09/1419 AH (02/01/1999 AD) within the general state budget.
The University is in Aseer region in the southwestern part of Saudi Arabia. The area of Aseer region is about 80.000 square kilometres occupied with more than 1.600.000 people distributed in seventy- eight governorate and centres.