Internationally−known family business expert Craig Aronoff to retire from KSU

Eminent Scholar Craig Aronoff‚ Ph.D.‚ founder of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at…

Georgia (Nov 15, 2004) — Internationally−known family business expert Craig Aronoff to retire from KSU

Terri Thornton

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Eminent Scholar Craig Aronoff‚ Ph.D.‚ founder of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University‚ has announced he will retire at the end of this year. Aronoff has been instrumental in the growth of the study of family business worldwide.

“Craig is one of the true pioneers‚” says Center Director Joe Astrachan. “The impact he’s made in the field and in the educational environment is irreplaceable.”

Aronoff was KSU’s first chaired professor‚ holding the Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Private Enterprise. The Eminent Scholar designation is the highest academic honor bestowed by the state of Georgia.

“When I arrived here in 1983‚ my mandate was to develop the distinction of our School of Business in a way that was relevant to local businesses‚” Aronoff recalls. “Kennesaw State University served as the perfect environment in which to develop education‚ service and research related to family−owned businesses.”

The Cox Family Enterprise Center‚ which he founded at KSU‚ became the example later used by dozens of education and research centers nationwide. Many of the newer centers were formed using the “K” model‚ where K stands for Kennesaw.

“Craig is a prolific author and consultant who has impacted family businesses in this country and around the world‚” adds Tim Mescon‚ Dean of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.

“The support afforded by President Betty Siegel‚ Dean Tim Mescon and former dean Harry Lasher‚ Jack and Mary Dinos‚ the Cox Foundation‚ my successor Joe Astrachan and uncountable others allowed us to pioneer the field of family business and to put the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University on the map‚” Aronoff concludes.

Aronoff was also the driving force behind creating the largest family business consulting group in the world‚ the Family Business Consulting Group‚ Inc. Though retiring from KSU at the end of this year‚ Aronoff plans to continue his consulting and writing.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚000 from 129 countries. The third largest university in the state‚ and a member of the 34−institution University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


 

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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