New KSU Athletics Board to provide oversight‚ advise president on KSU athletic program and student−athletes

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (June 21‚ 2007) − Now that Kennesaw State University has moved into…

Georgia (Jun 21, 2007) — New KSU Athletics Board to provide oversight‚ advise president on KSU athletic program and student−athletes

Jeremy Craig


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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (June 21‚ 2007) − Now that Kennesaw State University has moved into Division I NCAA athletics‚ a new athletics board will provide oversight and guidance as the program continues to expand.

The new KSU Athletics Board‚ approved by the Faculty Senate in April‚ will serve as an advisory group to President Daniel S. Papp regarding the intercollegiate athletics program‚ providing oversight on strategic planning‚ budgeting issues and related athletic initiatives.

The board − which includes faculty‚ administrators‚ staff‚ alumni and student representatives − will also assist the university in complying with NCAA regulations. The majority of the boards membership will consist of faculty and administrators holding an academic appointment.

The KSU Athletics Board will provide a robust means for the oversight and advancement of our intercollegiate athletics program‚ said Papp. The composition of the board will ensure that our entire learning community at Kennesaw State has input into our athletics program as we move forward. It will also ensure that we make the best decisions possible.

Papp has appointed Tom Keene‚ professor of history‚ as the chair of the KSU Athletics board. The board will meet at least quarterly‚ report to the president and provide an annual report to the University Council.

The boards executive committee − comprised of four faculty members and three administrators − will have the chief responsibility for oversight of the KSU Athletics Department budget‚ including salaries.

In addition‚ the KSU Athletics Board will feature a special admissions advisory committee to make decisions regarding admission applications of prospective student−athletes who do not meet all applicable NCAA initial eligibility standards and/or fall short of KSU admission standards in one or more areas.

Three faculty representatives‚ including the chair of the Athletics Board‚ the faculty executive assistant to the president and the faculty representative to the NCAA‚ will serve as voting members on the committee. The KSU director of admissions will serve as a non−voting member in most circumstances.


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 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.



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