KSU business dean throws hat into ring for president

One advantage of being an inside candidate for president of Kennesaw State University is “there’s no need to pull punches.”

Georgia (Jan 23, 2006) — One advantage of being an inside candidate for president of Kennesaw State University is “there’s no need to pull punches.”

And with that preface‚ Coles College of Business Dean Tim Mescon became the first finalist vying to become Kennesaw State’s third president to address faculty‚ staff and students at an open forum Monday‚ Jan. 9.

“I’m going to be candid‚ forthright and honest with you‚” Mescon told the packed auditorium at Stillwell Theater. “I see myself first and foremost as a faculty member for the last 26 years.”

Mescon‚ who has been at KSU for 16 years‚ outlined seven “key challenges” facing the next president‚ including the need for a liquid endowment of no less than $100 million.

“More likely‚ that liquid endowment needs to be in the range of $150 − $200 million‚” he said. “This is an absolute.”

The Tony and Jack Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management also advocated the creation of an academic provost who would serve as the executive vice president of the university.

“The DNA of a great university is the academic faculty‚” he said.

Aggressively offering “limited‚ but focused doctoral degrees‚” building more housing‚ establishing a market−based‚ annual salary adjustment program for faculty and staff‚ increasing diversity both in terms of the campus community‚ as well as in geographic expansions for the delivery of education‚ and supporting a growing Division I athletics program rounded out Mescon’s presidential to do list.

“I see us as a comprehensive‚ state university aspiring to the next level of greatness‚” Mescon said.


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