Lendley C. Black appointed vice president for academic affairs

An internationally regarded scholar of theater directing and published author has been chosen to succeed Edwin A. Rugg as Kennesaw State University’s vice president for academic affairs.

Georgia (Sep 18, 2002) — An internationally regarded scholar of theater directing and published author has been chosen to succeed Edwin A. Rugg as Kennesaw State University’s vice president for academic affairs.

Lendley C. Black‚ dean of Emporia State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences‚ has accepted an offer to become only the third Kennesaw State administrator to carry the VPAA title on a permanent basis since the position was established in 1984. He is expected to take over for interim Vice President William Hill IV in late summer.

"It’s a great honor to be offered the position of vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State University‚" said Black‚ a member of the Emporia State faculty since 1982. "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’s selection is the result of a comprehensive search process that began following the announcement late last year that Rugg would give up the VPAA position he had held since 1987 in order to become director of KSU’s new Center for Institutional Effectiveness. Rugg continued to serve as VPAA until April 1‚ when Hill took over on an interim basis.

Nancy King‚ vice president for student success and enrollment services‚ headed the 17−member search committee. That group‚ working in collaboration with Allan Ostar and the Washington−based Academic Search Consultation Service‚ whittled the initial list of 70 active candidates down to eight by the time on−campus interviews were conducted in early April. Four finalists returned to KSU later in the month‚ this time to meet with various constituencies both on and off campus. At the conclusion of those meetings‚ the search committee passed its recommendations‚ unranked‚ to President Betty L. Siegel‚ who made the final decision.

"I was extremely pleased with the process‚ and certainly with the outcome‚" King said. "Dr. Black was well received by all constituencies on campus when he interviewed."

Dean of ESU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 1993‚ Black is the author/coauthor of many significant publications‚ among them a biography of Russian actor Michael Chekhov resulting from his research into Russian theatre and drama. He has directed more than 30 major theater productions over the course of his career and delivered presentations on topics in the arts and sciences‚ as well as issues facing higher education.

"I think the fact that Dr. Black has had a very long tenure at Emporia State speaks quite well to his commitment to an institution‚" King said. "He was not someone who moved around a great deal.

"I do believe he will make a strong commitment here."

A longtime supporter of international education‚ Black has been active in helping establish new international programs at ESU. He also has a strong record of commitment to ethnic and gender diversity issues‚ working for many years to promote and integrate those topics into the institution’s curriculum and culture.

"I want to thank the members of our excellent search committee‚ chaired by Nancy King‚ who presented us with a very fine slate of candidates‚" Siegel said. "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."


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu