President Papp names interim dean of College of Education

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 2‚ 2007) – Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp today announced…

Georgia (Mar 2, 2007) — President Papp names interim dean of College of Education

Arlethia Perry−Johnson


Former Vice Chancellor with Board of Regents Accepts Appointment

Contact: Arlethia Perry−Johnson‚ Special Asst. to the President for External Affairs 770−423−6033 or aperry−

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 2‚ 2007) – Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp today announced the appointment of Dr. Frank Butler as interim dean of the College of Education. Butler will assume the post on March 15‚ pending the approval of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia at their March 14 board meeting.

In his new role‚ Butler will be charged with shaping and leading strategic directions within KSU’s College of Education‚ managing the college’s day−to−day operations‚ and working with the faculty and staff to maintain the high level of educational standards within the college.

Through the span of a 40−year career in higher education‚ Butler has served in a wide variety of positions at four universities in three different states‚ most recently in Georgia. Presently he serves as education director of the Aviation Museum in Marietta‚ Ga.

On Jan. 1‚ Butler retired as vice chancellor for academic programs and planning with the University System of Georgia‚ a position he had held since 2001. Prior to joining the University System Office‚ Butler served from 1985 to 1999 as vice president and dean of faculty at Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU). He also served briefly as vice president of external affairs for AASU from 2000 to 2001‚ and as interim president of the university from 1999 to 2000.

Butler served as dean for academic affairs at Indiana University−East‚ from 1979 to 1985. While in that post‚ he also was called upon to serve as acting president of that institution from 1980 to 1981.

Butler began his academic career in 1966‚ as an assistant professor in the physics department at the University of Kentucky. Subsequently‚ he joined Northern Kentucky University‚ where he rose to the rank of full professor of physics and chair of the physical sciences department.

“Frank Butler brings solid credentials‚ a wealth of experience‚ and superior people skills to the interim dean’s position‚” said Papp. “We are looking forward to him joining Kennesaw State in this leadership role‚ and to the contributions he will make in moving the College of Education forward during this critical transition period. We highly value his commitment to public service.”

While with the University System of Georgia‚ Butler was instrumental in shaping the teacher education programs at Dalton State College and Macon State College. He also played an important role in gaining re−approval of previously suspended teacher education programs at Fort Valley State University. Butler also was a member of the University System’s team that secured a $35 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve the performance of Georgia students in math and science.

Butler will continue his association with the Aviation Museum‚ in a part−time capacity.

A downloadable photo of Butler is available by visiting or by contacting Perry−Johnson.


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