Kennesaw State University appoints vice president for academic affairs

Lendley C. Black‚ Dean of Emporia State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences…

Georgia (May 20, 2002) — Kennesaw State University appoints vice president for academic affairs



Lendley C. Black‚ Dean of Emporia State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences‚ has been named Kennesaw State University's Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Black is expected to assume duties in late summer.

An internationally regarded scholar of theater directing and published author‚ Black joins Kennesaw State after 20 years at Emporia State University in Kansas. His selection follows a comprehensive national screening led by Allan Ostar‚ former president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and current president of Academic Search Consultation Service in Washington‚ D.C. Black fills the position vacated earlier this year by former Vice President Edwin A. Rugg. G. William Hill IV has served as interim vice president.

"It's a great honor to be offered the position of vice president of academic affairs at Kennesaw State University‚" Black said. "It's an institution that has an outstanding reputation for innovation and success. I welcome the opportunity to join this distinguished faculty and be both a partner and advocate for the faculty‚ staff and students at Kennesaw State." Black plans to visit Georgia throughout the summer to meet with faculty and staff in preparation for the upcoming academic year.

Black is author/co−author of many significant publications‚ including a biographical book on the Russian actor Michael Chekhov‚ based on Black's research on Russian theater and drama. Concepts from his book are used regularly in teaching around the world‚ including Great Britain‚ Denmark and Germany. He has directed more than thirty major theater productions‚ including ones at Emporia State University‚ the University of Kansas‚ the University of Connecticut‚ the University of Tennessee‚ as well as numerous other venues. Black's scholarly presentations include topics in the arts and sciences‚ as well as issues facing public higher education.

Active in the National Academic Advising Association‚ as well as the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences for more than a decade‚ Black is currently working on CCAS's Comprehensive Institutions Committee. He recently served as 2001 Evaluator for the Kansas Award for Excellence‚ and is former president of the Association of Kansas Theatre.

Black is a longtime supporter of international education‚ having been active in helping establish new international programs at Emporia State. He has a strong record of commitment to ethnic and gender diversity issues. For many years he has worked to promote and integrate diversity issues into the Emporia State's curriculum and culture. He established ESU's Ethnic/Gender Studies Program. Black's faculty achievements are distinguished by his commitment to outstanding teaching‚ scholarship and service. He is an accomplished public speaker and professional consultant on the subjects of faculty advising and academic program assessment.

"I want to thank the members of our excellent search committee‚ chaired by Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Services Nancy King‚ who presented us with a very fine slate of candidates‚" said KSU President Betty L. Siegel. "Dr. Black emerged from the finalists as the candidate best suited to assume the highest academic position at KSU‚ and we are very enthusiastic about his acceptance. Dr. Black's exceptional academic achievements and his management strengths as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emporia State University exemplify the qualities identified by the search committee as necessary for advancing the future academic needs of Kennesaw State."

Black will be the third vice president for academic affairs in the university's 39−year−history. The position was created in 1984‚ and was first held by James W. Kolka from 1984−1987. Edwin A. Rugg held the position from 1987−2002.

Kennesaw State is an AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities) institution in the University System of Georgia. Under the USG‚ the university is classified as a state university‚ and is the sixth largest of Georgia's 34 public colleges and universities‚ with 14‚100 students representing 118 countries. Chartered in 1963‚ KSU is one of the fastest growing state universities in the University System of Georgia. The university currently has more than 650 full−time and part−time faculty members. Of the full−time faculty members‚ 81 percent hold doctorates or terminal degrees in their disciplines. Some 1‚100 staff members support the university.


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


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