New school year officially begins

More than 800 faculty‚ staff and administrators ushered in a new academic year Wednesday‚ Aug. 16‚ at the annual Opening of the University ceremony‚ presided over by President Daniel S. Papp.

Georgia (Aug 17, 2006) — More than 800 faculty‚ staff and administrators ushered in a new academic year Wednesday‚ Aug. 16‚ at the annual Opening of the University ceremony‚ presided over by President Daniel S. Papp.

Only the third president in the university’s 43−year history‚ Papp outlined six key areas for the KSU community to concentrate on in the coming year: learning‚ improving retention and graduation rates‚ renewing accreditation‚ implementing a new strategic plan‚ launching a new capital campaign and increasing KSU’s emphasis on excellence.

“We have a weighty agenda‚” Papp said. “But we have to keep our eye on the prize.”

In addition‚ he announced that Arlethia Perry−Johnson‚ current associate vice chancellor for media and publications at the University System of Georgia‚ will become part of his cabinet when she begins her new role as special assistant to the president for external affairs in October.

Papp also told the KSU community that he has asked the Board of Regents to approve changing the graduate department’s name to the Graduate College‚ making it the eighth college on campus.

Opening of the University events will continue through Aug. 20‚ including a diversity celebration luncheon Friday‚ Aug. 18‚ in the Student Center‚ and First−Year Convocation Sunday‚ Aug. 20‚ in the Convocation Center.

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