Former Kroger Atlanta president becomes executive in residence at Kennesaw State University

Paul M. Smith‚ former president of Kroger's Atlanta area operations‚ is the newest…

Georgia (Aug 1, 2002) — Former Kroger Atlanta president becomes executive in residence at Kennesaw State University

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Paul M. Smith‚ former president of Kroger's Atlanta area operations‚ is the newest Executive in Residence at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Smith's goals include helping to tailor business education to better meet the needs of business‚ while making businesses more aware of the exceptional programs the Coles College has to offer.



"Paul's experience as a leader in the business community will be invaluable to our students‚" said Coles College Dean Tim Mescon. "He has already been invaluable as a member of our board‚ and we're thrilled to have him more involved in our outreach."



Smith's involvement with the school dates back several years. Among the programs he helped initiate are "Kroger University‚" "Produce University" and "Deli University‚" which offered Kroger employees on all levels the opportunity to pursue continuing business education.



After attending Western Michigan University majoring in marketing and food distribution‚ Smith joined Kroger in 1962. He held store management positions in Chicago‚ then worked with operations and merchandising in Louisville and Cleveland. In 1982 he was named senior marketing manager in Cincinnati‚ later becoming director of merchandising in Memphis. He was president of Kroger's Atlanta operations from 1985 until his retirement in October‚ 2000. During his tenure‚ Kroger grew from 87 stores in 1985 to more than 160 in 2000‚ with over 24‚000 employees.



He is now a senior partner with National Megaforce‚ a retail solutions company. He also consults for companies in‚ and associated with‚ the food industry.



In addition to serving on the Coles College board‚ Smith is on the Board of Councilors for the Carter Center‚ the Visions Committee for Eagle Ranch in Chestnut Mountain‚ Georgia‚ and the Partner's of Children's Healthcare Atlanta Advisory board. He is also vice president of the Board of Trustees at Mill Springs Academy.



Smith‚ his wife Pam and their children live in Roswell‚ Ga.



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Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100‚ offers 55 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.



 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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