Kennesaw State University invited to join the Council on Competitiveness

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Washington, D.C.-based organization seeks to help shape the agenda for American prosperity KENNESAW…

Georgia (Nov 7, 2011)Washington, D.C.-based organization seeks to help shape the agenda for American prosperity

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 7, 2011) — President Daniel S. Papp has accepted an invitation for Kennesaw State University to join a select group of universities focused on shaping an agenda for American prosperity.

The Council on Competitiveness is a unique membership organization consisting exclusively of college and university presidents, corporate CEOs and national labor leaders, whose mission is to build a more competitive national economy.

"I am honored that Kennesaw State has been asked to join the Council on Competitiveness, and I look forward to working with this organization and doing our part to help stimulate the economy," Papp said. "Kennesaw State has a tradition of cultivating entrepreneurial spirit in our students, faculty and staff, and it is that spirit that will contribute greatly to our nation's economic recovery and development."

Kennesaw State joins an impressive list of members including Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, The John Hopkins University, Merck & Co. Inc., General Electric Co. and Ford Motor Co. Closer to home, the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Lockheed Martin and the Georgia Research Alliance are also members.

"The council's success is due in part to our ability to forge strategic private and public partnerships, and academia plays a crucial role in this process," council President and CEO Deborah L. Wince-Smith said. "We provide colleges and universities with a strong platform to join CEOs and labor leaders in finding solutions to our nation's most difficult economic challenges in a unified and powerful voice that is heard by local, national and global leaders."

Founded in 1986, the Council on Competitiveness is setting an agenda to drive U.S. productivity and leadership in world markets and to raise the standard of living for all Americans. The council’s flagship initiative, the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative, seeks to create comprehensive solutions that will result in more American jobs, economic growth and national security. The council comprises key leaders from business, labor and academia to create and advance policy recommendations that further U.S. competitiveness and enhances prosperity in a globalized economy.

During its national summit at the end of the year, the council will finalize recommendations from its steering committee for an agenda to enhance U.S. competitiveness, hasten a national recovery and set the nation on a path toward long-term revitalization.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a 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 24,100 students from 142 countries.


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