Kennesaw State president named one of Atlanta’s 55 “Most Admired” CEOs


Daniel S. Papp recognized as one of 5 top education CEOs by the Atlanta Business Chronicle  …

Georgia (Aug 22, 2014)

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Aug. 22, 2014) — The Atlanta Business Chronicle today named Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp one of Atlanta’s 55 “Most Admired CEOs” at a breakfast at the Cobb Energy Centre.
Papp, along with the presidents of Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and Mercer University, and Jo Kirchner of Primrose Schools, were named winners in the education category.
In its inaugural event, the publication recognized executives who are established leaders with a strong record of innovation in their field, outstanding financial performance, a commitment to quality, a strong vision and a commitment to diversity.
Since taking the helm at Kennesaw State in 2006, Papp has implemented and overseen many significant milestones as the institution continues its rise in national prominence. The university now enrolls more than 24,600 students from 130 different countries and offers 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees.
KSU graduated its first doctoral student in 2010 and now offers doctorates in education, business, nursing and international conflict management. Last year, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents designated Kennesaw State as a “comprehensive university,” emphasizing the University’s increase in research, graduate programs and global engagement.
Many new facilities have also gone up under Papp’s watch, including the $50 million Prillaman Hall; a $20 million addition to the Bagwell College of Education, which graduates more teachers each year than any other University System of Georgia institution; and a $21 million facility dedicated entirely to scientific teaching and research. The Science Lab Addition contains high-tech biology and chemistry labs and solidifies KSU’s position as the largest producer of science and math teachers in the state.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,600 from 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