University System of Georgia chancellor visits Kennesaw State

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  Erroll B. Davis Jr. meets with various campus groups during daylong visit   During his…

Georgia (Oct 7, 2009) —  

Erroll B. Davis Jr. meets with various campus groups during daylong visit

 
During his annual visit to Kennesaw State University last week, University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. reiterated his positive impression of the university’s present momentum. In a daylong itinerary that concluded with a tour of the burgeoning KSU campus, Davis met with President Daniel S. Papp and his cabinet, had lunch with KSU Foundation trustees and community leaders, and engaged in dialogues with faculty, staff and student leaders.
 
As head of Georgia’s public higher education system, Davis is responsible for the state’s 35 public colleges and universities, 300,000 students, 40,000 faculty and staff, and an annual budget of $6 billion. The chancellor complimented Papp and his administration on their leadership, and said he was impressed with KSU’s trajectory over the past three years. He also discussed budget challenges and said all USG institutions will have to be “leaner and meaner” going forward, as $100 million in reductions will need to be identified over the next two years once federal stimulus funds in that amount cease in 2012.
 
“Kennesaw State’s growth reflects the Board of Regents’ strategic priority to make a number of our comprehensive universities a ‘first choice’ for prospective students,” Davis said. “At Kennesaw, we have good leadership, strong community support and partnership, excellent faculty and staff, and a growing, academically committed student body.”
 
In addition to meeting with faculty and staff, Davis interacted with about 20 KSU students affiliated with various student organizations, such as the Student Government Association, Center for Student Leadership and Residence Life. He solicited feedback from the students and discussed various topics, including HOPE scholarships, institutional fees, impact of budget cuts on campus resources and students’ ability to pay costs, and financial aid, among others.
 
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the chancellor and really appreciate that he made time to meet with the students to find out first-hand about their experiences,” said Winnie Patta, president of KSU's chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society and peer mentor through the Center for Student Leadership. “He was very pleasant, easy to talk to, and he showed care. He understood our issues, addressed those he could and he took notes on what we talked about.”
 
Davis also underscored KSU’s future as a “research intensive” university as it continues to grow and the USG’s continued enrollment growth. USG institutions grew by 30,000 in a two-year period, and that growth is not expected to subside, he said. With the lag in the state’s funding formula, more than 10,000 of those students currently are not funded, which places enormous financial pressures on USG institutions’ budgets.
 
During a luncheon with KSU Foundation trustees and members of the president’s community advisory board, Norman Radow, chairman of the board of trustees of the KSU Foundation, lauded the Board of Regents’ facilities operation, which has allowed the foundation to move forward with several recently completed public-private projects.
 
 


 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 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. 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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