New KSU deans named

Three deans were appointed to fill vacancies at Kennesaw State University.    …

Georgia (May 31, 2012) — Three deans were appointed to fill vacancies at Kennesaw State University.

          Kathy “Kat” Schwaig, was named dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business, a position she had held in an interim capacity since 2010; Mark R. Anderson was named dean of the College of Science and Mathematics; and Robert H. “Robin” Dorff, a research professor at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) was picked to lead the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

          Schwaig served as interim dean of the Coles College since July 2010. She has held several other positions within the college, including associate dean for academic affairs, interim chair of the accounting department, professor of information systems and interim chair for the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the College of Science and Mathematics.

            During Schwaig’s tenure as interim dean, the college’s national reputation has risen. Coles’ Executive MBA (EMBA) and part-time MBA programs were ranked among the best in the nation in 2011 by Bloomberg Businessweek and the EMBA program was recognized by CEO magazine as one of the best in the U.S.  

            Schwaig also led the strategic planning process for the Coles College and facilitated the creation of the college’s Department of Information Systems. She also was instrumental in the college’s reaccreditation efforts. In addition, under her leadership, the Coles College of Business enrolled and graduated the inaugural class in the Doctor of Business Administration program.

            “Kat has been an outstanding contributor and leader for KSU and the Coles College of Business since joining the university in 2002,” said W. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “In addition to her wealth of knowledge and experience, she also is well-respected and liked among faculty, staff and students. I look forward to her continued support and enthusiasm and I know that her vision, dedication and leadership will catapult the Coles College further into the national arena.”

            Dorff, a professor of national security affairs with the Strategic Studies Institute is considered a leading expert on strategy, strategy formulation and strategic thinking.

            “We look forward to welcoming Robin Dorff to Kennesaw State,” said W. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His vast academic and research expertise, combined with his passion for the liberal arts and his enthusiasm for Kennesaw State, is the perfect mix to lead the university’s largest academic college.” 

            The College of Humanities and Social Sciences houses undergraduate and graduate programs in communication, English, foreign languages, geography and anthropology, history and philosophy, political science and international affairs, psychology, and sociology and criminal justice. The college is also home to more than five centers and 10 graduate programs including a doctorate in International Conflict Management, the university’s first Ph.D. program.

            Anderson, a professor and chair of the chemistry department at the University of Colorado, Denver, worked with the faculty to increase the number of grants and funding by 100 percent and nearly double research productivity. In addition, he implemented an honors curriculum and established a new biochemistry undergraduate program. From May 2008 to December 2010, Anderson also served as faculty director for the university’s Center for Applied Science and Mathematics for Innovation Competitiveness, where he was responsible for promoting partnerships between the university, school districts and the business sector.

            “Mark’s vast experience as a faculty member and administrator and his strong record as a researcher, make him the perfect fit for the College of Science and Mathematics,” said W. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs at KSU. “We look forward to welcoming Mark to Kennesaw State and know that he will work with our faculty to further enhance our reputation as a leader in science and math.”

              Schwaig assumed her duties immediately while Anderson and Dorff arrive July 1.


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