Business school to strengthen ties to business community

In a move designed to strengthen its ties to the business community‚ the Coles College of…

Georgia (Sep 14, 2004) — Business school to strengthen ties to business community

Terri Thornton


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In a move designed to strengthen its ties to the business community‚ the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University has hired Georgia Bentley to fill the newly−created position of Director of Corporate Relations.

“Georgia will serve as an ambassador to develop mutually beneficial relationships between the Coles College and the business community‚” said Dean Tim Mescon.

“If we have employers who haven't been introduced to the Coles College‚ I hope to start building relationships and showing the remarkable resources the school has to offer‚” she says. “I also hope to strengthen and expand current relationships. These relationships could range from hiring students for summer internships to setting up a customized onsite MBA program‚ as we’ve done with BellSouth.”

Bentley notes that the Coles College can offer specialized training for managers and employees‚ coaching for sales personnel and services benefiting family−owned businesses. Faculty members can offer consulting services in virtually every major function of business‚ including leadership development‚ management and accounting. In addition‚ the school’s Executive Development Center and Center for Professional Selling offer state−of−the−art facilities which are available for meetings‚ seminars‚ retreats and simulated sales training.

Businesses can also build name recognition and increase their community outreach through sponsoring programs‚ events and even naming academic buildings. What’s more‚ Bentley adds‚ they gain access to a well−trained workforce.

“They have a great talent pool here right out their back door‚” Bentley says.
Bentley’s current responsibilities include representing the Career Growth MBA program‚ the MBA for Experienced Professionals‚ the Cox Family Enterprise Center and the Center for Professional Selling.

She comes to KSU with strong credentials; she has worked for the MBA programs at The University of Georgia and Duke University and was a Career Counselor at Vanderbilt University. She also spent more than fifteen years in telecommunications‚ during which she worked in management including sales‚ customer service‚ operations and human resources.

Bentley can be contacted at (770)423−6402 or


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