USG vice chancellor vying for president
Adding a football team to Kennesaw State University’s athletic program may sound like a good idea‚ but according to presidential hopeful Dan Papp‚ it’s just not economically feasible.
(Jan 27, 2006) — Adding a football team to Kennesaw State University’s athletic program may sound like
a good idea‚ but according to presidential hopeful Dan Papp‚ it’s just not economically
“I wouldn’t be opposed to it‚ but where’s the $10 to $15 million coming from to fund it?” Papp asked rhetorically during a campus open forum Jan. 12. “You’d need an endowment – a large one – and then there’s the question of a stadium that could seat 25‚000 or more people; Cobb County doesn’t have one.”
Instead of football‚ Papp offered lacrosse and rugby as alternatives.
“Lacrosse and rugby are cheap; all you need is a field for rugby‚ and for lacrosse‚ a field and sticks‚” Papp said to raucous laughter. “Life College used to have a rugby team that traveled all over the country playing teams like Michigan and Harvard.”
Papp‚ University System of Georgia senior vice chancellor for academic and fiscal affairs‚ was the second of five finalists chosen by the KSU Presidential Search Committee to give a presentation to faculty‚ staff and students‚ as well as participate in a question and answer session. Describing himself as a “strong supporter” of athletics‚ Papp gave his opinion on football during the Q&A after an audience member asked for his thoughts on intercollegiate athletics.
A former Georgia Tech professor‚ Papp said he believes the next president will play five crucial roles: a visionary and collegial leader‚ a co−creator of a community of learners‚ an effective fundraiser‚ an ambassador for and the face of KSU‚ and a creative problem solver.
“Around the system‚ Kennesaw is referred to as Camelot‚” he said. “That said‚ even Camelot has issues that have to be addressed.”
Among the challenges the university is facing are increasing retention and graduation rates‚ as well as the need for a new strategic plan.
“This is a great institution‚ but it’s operating under a 1997 strategic plan‚” he said.
Papp said if he was hired for the job‚ he would like to see the university’s partnerships with other institutions‚ specifically two−year colleges‚ increase. He mentioned the Coles College Career Growth MBA Program – Dalton Cohort as an example of a successful expansion program.
“Efforts like the Dalton State College partnership need to be accelerated‚” he said.
Faculty development‚ benchmarking institutional efforts‚ increasing diversity and reaching out to alumni are also among Papp’s presidential priorities.
“I’ve been a Cobb resident for 33 years‚” he said. “I’ve watched Kennesaw grow from a small college to what it is today.
“Where Kennesaw can go is incredible.”
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers close to 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-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 126 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. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.