KSU’s Coles College of Business Announces New Chair of Accounting Department

Dean Tim Mescon of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University today announced that…

Georgia (Feb 28, 2006) — KSU’s Coles College of Business Announces New Chair of Accounting Department

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Dean Tim Mescon of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University today announced that W. Ken Harmon has been chosen to chair the business school’s Accounting Department. He will start July 1.

Harmon is currently the Dean of the Else School of Management at Millsaps College in Jackson‚ Mississippi. He previously chaired the accounting departments at University of North Carolina at Wilmington‚ Middle Tennessee State University and Arizona State University West. He has also been an accounting faculty member at the University of Missouri and at Drexel University.

“In addition to his achievements in academia and research‚ Ken has been deeply involved in the accounting community‚ and in the current issues affecting it‚” said Coles College Dean Tim Mescon‚ Ph.D. “That’s particularly important in today’s business world.”

“If you look at the fast growth of Atlanta and KSU‚ it’s an exciting place to jump in‚” Harmon said. “You can see all the potential in the world. I hope to help the Accounting Department of the Coles College become the pre−eminent accounting program in Atlanta‚ and one of the best in the Southeast.”

Harmon’s research interests include Accounting Information Systems design as well as internal controls and audits. He has published two dozen articles and written or contributed to three books. In addition to serving as Associate Editor of International Journal of Accounting Information Systems‚ he has held editorial positions with four other accounting journals‚ and served on the editorial boards of ten more. He has also been named Professor or Faculty Member of the Year seven times.

His professional affiliations include co−hosting the Accounting Information Systems Research Symposium from 1994 to 2004. He has also held leadership positions with the Institute of Internal Auditors‚ American Accounting Association and American Institute of CPAs.

Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚500 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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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.

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