Kennesaw State University Athletic Association obtains approval


Board of Regents’ action allows for multi-year coaching contracts, student-athlete…

Georgia (Aug 10, 2011)Board of Regents’ action allows for multi-year coaching contracts, student-athlete scholarships

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Aug. 10, 2011) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp today announced that the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved the creation of the Kennesaw State University Athletic Association.

Papp hailed today’s action as a “major step forward for all of the university’s athletic programs.”  He said, “I am pleased by the positive step taken today by the Board of Regents, which reflects well on the strength and integrity of Kennesaw State’s athletic program. Today’s action will allow our athletic association to operate in an efficient, effective and transparent manner.”

The final approval was granted by the full Board of Regents today, after the action item was first heard and approved yesterday during the board’s Organization and Law Committee meeting. Papp was joined at that meeting by University Attorney and Special Assistant for Legal Affairs Flora Devine, Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams and Associate Athletic Director Brenda Stopher.

The creation of the new association will enable Kennesaw State to have parity with other state institutions – such as the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech – that have formed similar athletic associations, providing them with the business structure and flexibility needed to be competitive at the highest level of collegiate sports. Williams now will have the authority and infrastructure to deal competitively with vendors and enter into multi-year contracts with his coaching staff — necessary ingredients to maintain competitiveness at the Division I level.

According to Williams, “The Board of Regents’ decision helps us level the playing field with respect to our fellow institutions, both within Georgia and out of state. As a full-fledged member of the NCAA Division I, this allows us to compete from the same secure financial and regulatory operational platform as the big guys. One of our first priorities will be to raise money for scholarships for our student-athletes and to pay the salaries of our coaches and staff.”

For more information about KSU athletics, please visit: Kennesaw State University Athletics

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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.

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