Inauguration of Kennesaw State University’s third president to be held Oct. 24

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 5‚ 2006) — Daniel S. Papp will be inaugurated as the third president of…

Georgia (Oct 5, 2006) — Inauguration of Kennesaw State University’s third president to be held Oct. 24

Stacey Moore


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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 5‚ 2006) — Daniel S. Papp will be inaugurated as the third president of Kennesaw State University Tuesday‚ Oct. 24. The 10 a.m. ceremony in the Convocation Center will be followed by a noon luncheon on the Campus Green. The public is invited to attend both events.

Erroll B. Davis Jr.‚ University System of Georgia chancellor‚ will conduct the presidential inauguration. Dean Joseph D. Meeks of the College of the Arts‚ honorary chair of the inaugural committee‚ will serve as master of ceremonies. Meeks also served as chair of the presidential search and advisory committee. Special guests will include U.S. Rep. Tom Price‚ as well as representatives from the office of Gov. Sonny Perdue and the office of U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey.

University presidential inaugurations are steeped in age−old tradition. Though they vary widely from one institution to another and from one president to another‚ inaugurations reflect the history and traditions of higher education‚ such as the coat of arms‚ university mace‚ academic regalia‚ and processional march‚ which date back to the Middle Ages. An event distinguished by great ceremony‚ the presidential inauguration stands out as a celebratory milestone in a university’s life.

Papp‚ who was selected president Feb. 16 after an extensive national search‚ assumed the post July 1. He succeeded Betty L. Siegel‚ who stepped down after 25 years. The university’s first president‚ Horace Sturgis‚ served from 1965 to 1981.

Prior to becoming Kennesaw State’s president‚ Papp served as senior vice chancellor for academics and fiscal affairs for the University System of Georgia. He was responsible for system−wide academic‚ faculty and student issues; business and financial affairs; academic and business information−technology systems; and strategic planning affecting all of the university system’s 35 institutions.

Papp was also the founding director of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs‚ interim president of Southern Polytechnic State University‚ and executive assistant to the president at Georgia Tech. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College‚ Papp received his doctorate in international affairs from the University of Miami.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a brand new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.



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