Kennesaw State University vice president honored by national education magazine

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Diverse: Issues in Higher Education names Arlethia Perry-Johnson one of 25 women leaders KENNESAW,…

Georgia (Mar 5, 2012) — Diverse: Issues in Higher Education names Arlethia Perry-Johnson one of 25 women leaders

KENNESAW, Ga.  (March 5, 2012) — Kennesaw State University’s Arlethia Perry-Johnson has been named one of 25 women leaders who are making a difference across the country, the first-ever such ranking by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

The publication’s Women’s History Month edition, published on March 1, highlights “25 Women Making a Difference,” and the accomplishments of leaders “who stand out for their abilities to forge solutions to the unprecedented challenges faced by the nation’s post-secondary colleges and universities.”

“Leadership as we know it is not bound by gender,” said Frank L. Matthews, the magazine’s co-founder. “Each of these 25 women exemplifies the vast range of traits needed in today’s complex environment.”

Currently Kennesaw State’s vice president for external affairs, Perry-Johnson served as the associate vice chancellor for media and publications and chief spokesperson for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia from 1995 through 2006. She initially joined Kennesaw State in October 2006 as special assistant to the president for external affairs and was named vice president for external affairs in August 2010. Perry-Johnson is also project director of the University System of Georgia’s nationally recognized African-American Male Initiative, aimed at enhancing black male participation in college.

Perry-Johnson’s communications career, which spans three decades and encompasses public, investor and media relations, was launched after early success in print journalism and commercial and cable television. Perry-Johnson joined the public information department at Penn State University Park as a writer/editor in 1984. In 1987, she was promoted to director of university relations at Penn State Great Valley in suburban Philadelphia. She continued her career in increasingly responsible communications positions, serving as director of media and external relations at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; as manager of national (and investor) media relations for the Tennessee Valley Authority; and as executive director of the news bureau at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“I have worked with Arlethia for many years,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp, “and I have come to rely on the depth and breadth of her knowledge and advice. Her efforts to bring professionalism to our communications and engagement efforts at Kennesaw State have been indispensable as our reputation grows nationally and internationally.”

“It is an honor to be included among such accomplished women who are making a difference all across our nation,” said Perry-Johnson. “I appreciate the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education team for spotlighting women in leadership. I also thank my president, Dr. Daniel S. Papp, for the many opportunities he has created for me and other women to lead here at Kennesaw State.”

For nearly three decades, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has been America’s premier source of timely news, provocative commentary, insightful interviews and in-depth special reports on diversity in higher education.

To read the publication’s cover story, please visit

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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 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 student population of 24,100 from more than 130 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