KSU elevates Barry Morris to vice provost for global engagement

Barry J. Morris

Appointment signals growing role of global education KENNESAW, Ga. (March 1, 2011) – Kennesaw…

Georgia (Mar 1, 2011)Appointment signals growing role of global education

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 1, 2011) – Kennesaw State University has appointed Barry J. Morris vice provost of global engagement and strategic initiatives, a newly created role in the university’s Office of Academic Affairs. 

Morris will be responsible for leading and executing KSU’s global engagement mission.  He also will continue to serve as interim executive director of KSU’s Institute for Global Initiatives (IGI). Prior to his current position, Morris served as director of cabinet strategic projects.  He will continue to advise and support the university’s president, provost and cabinet on campus-wide strategic initiatives.   

“This appointment is critical in the evolution of our commitment to expand global learning at Kennesaw State,” said President Daniel S. Papp. “With his extensive international experience and skills as a strategist and negotiator, Dr. Morris is superbly suited to fostering collaboration among the university’s deans, department chairs, faculty, and staff to incorporate global learning into teaching, research and engagement activities.”

 In 2009, Morris was appointed to lead the IGI, which houses key KSU units engaged in the internationalization of the university.  He has played a key role in KSU’s designation as a site for a Confucius Institute and developing partnerships for the university’s annual country studies of Turkey (2008-2009), Korea (2009-2010) and current “Year of Romania.”  He also has helped facilitate KSU’s recent partnerships with universities, governments and non-governmental organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, China, Egypt and India.

As vice provost, Morris will provide leadership, strategic direction, and coordination for the KSU units directly responsible for providing opportunities and services to students and scholars who go abroad and for international students and scholars who come to KSU, and for area studies units in IGI and within the colleges. He also will work with other campus leaders to create and manage strategic partnerships with universities worldwide, business and industry partners, and governmental and non-government organizations.

“The university’s heightened focus on internationalization requires requisite leadership to be certain KSU's myriad activities are properly aligned and coordinated,” said W. Ken Harmon, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.  “Creating the position of vice provost for global engagement and strategic initiatives allows this type of leadership and places emphasis and visibility on our international efforts.  Dr. Morris is an outstanding choice to accomplish these goals.”  

Prior to joining KSU in 2007, Morris’ career included faculty, research and administrative positions in the U.S. and abroad, international banking and consulting.

As dean of the American University Nigeria, Morris helped create the country’s first U.S.-style university and one of the first in sub-Saharan Africa. He has been a faculty member at Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and at Georgia State University, and a senior researcher at the Carter Center of Emory University and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project.

Before his academic career, Morris was a consultant and translator for IBM, Ciba-Geigy, and several domestic and foreign governmental entities; an international banker for Chemical Bank of New York (predecessor to J.P. Morgan); and a contract negotiator for Texas Instruments.

Morris received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in international relations and international political economy from Emory University; a bachelor’s degree in Russian and political science with a specialization in international relations from Tulane University; and a certificate for technical managers from Georgia Tech. He received a certificate in Russian language and culture from Moscow State University and studied Chinese and economics at Tsinghua University in Beijing. His research interests include the political economy of emerging markets, foreign economic policy, international financial institutions, globalization and international education, and the history of globalization.


Kennesaw State University is the third largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries. 

Contact: Sabbaye McGriff, 678-797-2550 or smcgrif1@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