Diversity in Action

Vaughn Williams, a senior executive at Kennesaw State University, has a strong sense of purpose…

Georgia (Mar 16, 2012) — Vaughn Williams, a senior executive at Kennesaw State University, has a strong sense of purpose about his campus and his role in trying to make it a great place. “My job is to emphasize at least three elements of growth among the students I touch at Kennesaw,” he said in a recent interview … That perspective closely reflects the goals of Kennesaw’s president, Daniel S. Papp, which is to nourish and grow well rounded and purposeful students … The Cleveland-born college president sees Kennesaw as a place of values. “I want to see Kennesaw be known as diverse, inclusionary and a welcoming environment,” Papp said. Among the 11 members of the president’s inner leadership cabinet, five are African-American and one is Hispanic-American. Besides Williams, the athletic director, they include: Arlethia Perry-Johnson, vice president for external affairs, who deals principally with governmental relations, as well as a state program that she launched to improve retention of Black males in college; Dr. Flora Devine, university attorney, who handles various legal tasks; Dr. Jorge Perez, faculty executive assistant to the president and a specialist in information systems; Linda Lyons, interim chief diversity officer; and Dr. Jerome Ratchford, vice president for student success.


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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