KSU Foundation launches corporate partnership program

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New program will promote ties between state’s third largest university and business community…

Georgia (Jan 14, 2011)New program will promote ties between state’s third largest university and business community; career banking executive tapped as director

 KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 7, 2011) ––Kennesaw State University Foundation officials today announced they have created a new corporate partnership program, the KSU Corporate Partners Program, to foster strategic ties between the university and businesses in the greater Atlanta area.

 The KSU Corporate Partners Program is tailored to companies that already support KSU and to new businesses interested in building strategic, long-term partnerships with Georgia’s third largest university. Pamela Hubby, a former banking executive, will manage the program as the foundation’s newly appointed director of corporate relations.

 “The launch of the corporate partners program is yet another example of the important work the KSU Foundation does to help meet the needs of our university,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “Our expanded campus footprint is directly linked to the foundation’s focus on securing real estate and facilities to meet our high enrollment  growth. Among so many valuable other projects, they also fund the most generous faculty rewards and recognition program in the University System of Georgia.”

 Membership in the KSU Corporate Partners Program, which requires a minimum contribution of $5,000, provides corporate partners with one-on-one access to university staff for customized programs to meet their individual business needs, including research projects, executive education programs and roundtables on specific topics.

 “We are excited about this new program as it will provide new opportunities to bring the resources and expertise of Kennesaw State University to local corporations and businesses,” said  Norman Radow, chairman of the KSU Foundation. “So many great things are happening at KSU, and we want the metro-Atlanta business community to be an integral part of our phenomenal growth story.”

Corporate partners also will be able to tap into the expertise of faculty and administrators from the entire university, including the Coles College of Business, which is renowned for expertise in areas such as family business, entrepreneurship, corporate governance and professional sales.

Program members will be invited to participate in an annual town-hall meeting with President Papp and benefit from a Speakers Bureau with leading experts on current business topics and networking events. Members also can participate in arts and sports events so that they can experience all that KSU has to offer.

“We have listened to the business community and we know there is demand for this program,” said Wes Wicker, KSU’s vice president for university advancement. “We will work closely with each of our corporate partners to ensure that we meet their specific needs.

The Kennesaw-based Henssler Financial Group, a wealth management firm, is one of the program’s founding partners. The firm was founded by former KSU professor Gene Henssler more than 20 years ago.

“I was pleased to be asked to be a founding partner of this new program and signed right up,” said Bil Lako, principal and managing director of The Henssler Financial Group. “Our relationship is a true partnership. We like to create new things together and help each other grow. The corporate partners program signals a new phase in KSU’s growth, reaching out to the business community to create new partnerships to support future growth.”   

 The KSU Corporate Partners Program’s kickoff will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at an event featuring President Papp and legendary football coach Vince Dooley, chair of KSU’s Football Exploratory Committee.

For more information on KSU’s corporate partners program, please contact Pamela Hubby at 678-797-2582 or phubby@kennesaw.edu




A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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