Coles College of Business‚ Cox Family Enterprise Center‚ recognized by Fortune Small Business magazine

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Aug. 22‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University's Michael J. Coles…

Georgia (Aug 22, 2007) — Coles College of Business‚ Cox Family Enterprise Center‚ recognized by Fortune Small Business magazine

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Aug. 22‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University's Michael J. Coles College of Business has been selected by Fortune Small Business magazine as one of six best business schools in the United States in family business research and education through the Cox Family Enterprise Center.

The recognition appears in the magazine’s September 2007 edition identifying “America’s Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs‚” identifying the center on its “honor roll” of institutions which work with family−owned firms.

The magazine highlighted the excellent ties between the center and local family business owners with faculty experts and opportunities for owners and KSU students to participate in sessions to learn from business challenges‚ noting the high regard in the field for KSU’s center executive director Joseph Astrachan.

The center’s Family Business Review also was cited as “one of the few academic journals devoted to the topic‚” the magazine writes.

Additionally‚ the magazine recognized Coles College’s Charles W. Hofer‚ professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship‚ among 18 top entrepreneurship−teaching professors in the country. KSU’s first Regents Professor was mentioned for his dedication to students and his work with preparing students for business plan competitions.

Hofer joined the Coles College faculty this summer after more than 25 years as a leading professor at the University of Georgia. Regents’ Professorships are granted by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to distinguished faculty members at research universities to honor their outstanding scholarship and long−term accomplishments. Only one candidate per university may be nominated to receive this honor each year. Hofer was named a Regents’ Professor in 1992 while at UGA.


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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 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. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit