KSU president’s speech emphasizes new facilities, new strategic plan, new directions


Dan Papp delivers annual State of the University address to Kennesaw State community Click here to…

Georgia (Mar 29, 2012)Dan Papp delivers annual State of the University address to Kennesaw State community

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KENNESAW, Ga. (March 29, 2012) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp indicated today that the university will continue its transformative trajectory — building new facilities on campus, launching a new strategic plan and preparing for reaccreditation next spring — as it gets ready to kick off of its second half-century in 2013.

“The state of this university is excellent and getting even better,” Papp told faculty, staff and students gathered at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center during his annual State of the University address, delivered March 28 and 29. “While space shortages, traffic congestion and parking are challenges that we must resolve, the good news here is that we have eight projects recently completed, under way or about to be approved.”

The new projects that have already contributed or will further contribute to the campus’ remarkable physical transformation in a very short period of time include: phase III of the KSU Sports & Recreation Park; the new 451-bed residence hall, University Place Apartments; a $21 million science lab building; a $35 million student recreation and activities center; the $3 million phase II addition of the KSU Art Museum; a new black-box theater; a second dining hall; and a $20.3 million education building.

The new education building addition will help solidify Kennesaw State’s new position as the leading producer of teachers in the state.

Kennesaw State’s academic stature also continues to rise with the recognition of existing programs and the addition of new degree programs. The Executive MBA and the part-time MBA in the Michael J. Coles College of Business were recently recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek among the top in the country, with the EMBA ranking in the top 70 and the part-time MBA ranking No. 29.

The WellStar College of Health and Human Services will award its first doctor of nursing science degrees in May, and the college also hosted this year the university’s first post-doctoral fellows. “Six more post-doctoral fellows are slated to arrive on campus this fall, all funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and Egypt,” the president said.

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education continued its excellent record of education and service, teaching more than 22,000 students this year and receiving the Innovative Marketing Award from the Georgia Adult Education Association.

The university’s research profile is also on the rise. Faculty and staff were awarded $16 million in grants and contracts last year, up from $4 million six years ago. This research also is creating intellectual property opportunities for the university, according to Papp. “The KSU Research and Service Foundation has processed one full patent and four provisional patents for our faculty, with two more in the pipeline,” he said.

The president reiterated that KSU remains committed to moving forward with intercollegiate football.  He also commended KSU’s intercollegiate athletics program — which now encompasses nine women’s and seven men’s sports programs, including women’s lacrosse, which was just approved as a new addition and will begin next spring. The men’s golf team won the Atlantic Sun tournament this year and the men’s track team won the indoor track championship. “Our student athletes also were winners in the classroom,” Papp said, “compiling a combined GPA of 3.11 in fall 2011.”

Papp said his administration is working on a new strategic plan for 2012 to 2017. The committee has worked for the past 18 months soliciting views about KSU’s future from students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. The new plan will be presented in August 2012.  “This strategic plan will set the stage for KSU to become a nationally recognized university, fully engaged with our community, state, nation and world, as we celebrate the end of our first half-century and the beginning of our second,” Papp stated.

Papp also announced that Kennesaw State President Emeritus Betty Siegel will be honored this weekend at the Board of Regents’ annual Salute to Education Gala with the 2012 Elridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary service to higher education. KSU psychology professor Tom Pusateri, who serves as associate director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, also will be honored as one of two Regents’ scholarship of teaching and learning award winners. A point of particular pride for the university, Papp reflected that KSU professors have won Regents’ awards for six consecutive years.  

As Kennesaw begins celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, it also will be at the midpoint of its 10-year reaccreditation process. In spring 2013, KSU must submit a fifth-year interim report, and between 2013 and 2015 the university must decide upon its next quality enhancement plan (the current one revolves around global learning).

Papp announced the creation of the 50th anniversary committee to plan the celebration of Kennesaw State’s first half-century from 2013 to 2017. KSU Foundation trustee emeritus Stevan Crew, who graduated in the second graduating class in 1968, will serve as the committee’s honorary chair.

Papp also strongly emphasized the role that Kennesaw State would play in Gov. Nathan Deal’s recently launched Complete College Georgia initiative, which aims to raise the percentage of Georgians with college degrees from 42 percent to 60 percent by 2020.

Contact: Tammy DeMel, Assistant Director of University Relations

               770-423-6203, tdemel@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