Kennesaw State’s Business Dean Receives Cobb Executive Women’s Glass Ceiling Award

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photo credit: Jason Braverman Kathy Schwaig honored for dedication and guidance to women in higher…

Georgia (May 6, 2013)photo credit: Jason Braverman

Kathy Schwaig honored for dedication and guidance to women in higher education

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 6, 2013) —  Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, received the Cobb Executive Women’s 2013 Glass Ceiling Award during the Cobb Chamber’s First Monday Breakfast May 6.  The annual award recognizes an individual for the growth and advancement of women in their personal and professional development.

As dean of the College, Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management, and professor of Information Systems, Schwaig has provided guidance to young professionals entering higher education by recommending books, offering counsel, recommending resources and moderating situations as needed. She has participated in the Women’s Executive Leadership Series on many occasions, offering guidance to women in higher education on numerous topics.

“Kathy is truly one of the most incredible individuals I have ever met,” said Lisa Duke, Director of Alumni Affairs at Kennesaw State University. “She sees each person as an individual and somehow finds the gem within each person, then strives to enable her mentees to find that joy inside themselves.”

Schwaig joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in 2002, bringing more than 20 years of professional and teaching experience. Under her leadership, she established the Women’s Leadership Center at Kennesaw State, and has participated in numerous alumni groups and Women’s Council History events, which are hosted in conjunction with Cobb County organizations such as the League of Women Voters, YWCA and Cobb Women’s Club.

Schwaig joins previous Glass Ceiling award recipients: Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, Jerri Barr of the Center for Family Resources, Bonnie Cole of United Way Metro Atlanta, Joe Daniell of United Community Bank and Dr. Lisa Rossbacher of Southern Polytechnic State University.

The Coles College of Business includes five academic departments, 148 full-time faculty and 40 full-time staff. Coles College serves 4,000 undergraduates studying in nine majors and 800 graduate students in three master’s programs and one doctoral program. Coles College also includes 13 Centers of Excellence and offers a growing list of executive education programs.


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 University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students 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