Chancellor visits Kennesaw State
The University System of Georgia’s new chancellor‚ Erroll B. Davis Jr.‚ made his first trip to Kennesaw State Monday‚ June 12‚ for a series of get−to−know−you meetings with students‚ staff and faculty. While on campus‚ he also attended a breakfast with community members hosted by President Betty Siegel and President−designate Dan Papp.
(Jun 12, 2006) — The University System of Georgia’s new chancellor‚ Erroll B. Davis Jr.‚ made his first
trip to Kennesaw State Monday‚ June 12‚ for a series of get−to−know−you meetings with
students‚ staff and faculty. While on campus‚ he also attended a breakfast with community
members hosted by President Betty Siegel and President−designate Dan Papp.
Davis‚ who said he’s on a “listening tour‚” plans to complete his 35−institution visit by June 16. He assumed USG leadership duties in February.
“It has been a very enlightening tour‚” Davis said. “One of the things that stood out loud and clear was the great level of support for the university system.”
Davis indicated a hallmark of his leadership would be strategically driven budgets‚ citing the Board of Regents’ recent priority funding list for fiscal year 2008 and its potential impact on Kennesaw State.
“We have to put our resources where the need is‚” Davis said.
Davis also spoke about the new tuition policy that will be implemented this fall. In April‚ the Board of Regents supported Davis’ plan to offer a guaranteed four−year fixed−rate tuition to incoming freshmen.
“It’s a signal that we’re trying to send to students – we want them to get through in four years‚” Davis said.
The chancellor touched briefly on other issues‚ such as improving the graduation rate and higher admissions standards‚ before heading off to his next stop‚ Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta.
“Today is my first visit to Kennesaw State‚” Davis said‚ “but it won’t be my last.”
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 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.