New dean appointed to KSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Richard Vengroff‚ a political scientist specializing in comparative politics‚ has…

Georgia (Jun 30, 2006) — New dean appointed to KSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Karen Kennedy


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Dr. Richard Vengroff‚ a political scientist specializing in comparative politics‚ has been appointed the new dean of Kennesaw State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Vengroff‚ whose specialties are Canada and Africa‚ lived and worked overseas for eight of the last 30 years and has conducted field research and been involved in the design‚ implementation and evaluation of development projects and exchange programs around the world.

“I frankly knew very little about KSU until one of my graduate students interviewed here and came back to Connecticut with glowing reports‚” Vengroff said. “I am very excited to be at KSU because it is an extremely dynamic environment in the forefront of innovation in public higher education. It offers the combination of outstanding faculty‚ applied research programs responsive to community needs and opportunities for students to study in small classes with faculty who take teaching very seriously.”

Vengroff is the author or editor of seven books‚ more than 75 articles in scholarly journals and a series of training materials in project management. He has been the author of numerous proposals and the primary investigator on more than $10 million of research grants. His current research is devoted to issues of Canadian and Quebec politics‚ electoral system reform‚ development management‚ democratic governance‚ decentralization and privatization.

He has served in managerial and faculty positions at Texas Tech University‚ California State Polytechnic University and the University of Connecticut. He did his graduate work at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.


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


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