The 100 Most Influential Atlantans of 2013

  Welcome to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual special section profiling Atlanta…

Georgia (Jun 27, 2013) — Welcome to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual special section profiling Atlanta’s 100 most influential people, as selected by the Chronicle’s editors.


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The list contains many familiar names, but also some new ones: There’s Virginia Hepner, who last year was named head of the Woodruff Arts Center. There’s mobile tech CEO Alan Dabbiere, whose company is creating hundreds of jobs in town. There’s Steve Green, 2013 chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and Nancy Oswald, 2013 chair of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. There’s also John Wilson, who in January became president of Morehouse College. We added Keith Parker, the new general manager of MARTA. In addition there’s Rich McKay and Frank Poe, who are among those leading the efforts to build a new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

As in years past, the list does not include media celebrities, pop stars, athletes or religious leaders.

Of course, on a list limited to 100 people, many influential and important leaders cannot be included.

We hope you will find this year’s list thought-provoking and informative. …


Daniel Papp

President, Kennesaw State University

Dan Papp leads the fastest-growing school in the University System of Georgia. Kennesaw State awarded 4,355 degrees in the state’s fiscal year 2012, including 3,561 undergraduate degrees and 794 graduate/professional degrees. It has about 25,000 students enrolled.

“We are at a key juncture for this university,” Papp said in his State of the University address in April. The school is launching a football program, launching a new strategic plan and facing reaccreditation.

Two new facilities will break ground later this year at Kennesaw State. The Bagwell College of Education will expand its classroom and office space, and the Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Activity & Recreation Center will provide a new student recreational facility. Kennesaw State’s athletics department is also preparing for the arrival of football in 2015, having secured Georgia Board of Regents approval and hired a new head football coach. …


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