Senior Administrative Structure Named for Post-Consolidation Kennesaw State University

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President Outlines Composition, Titles of Senior Leadership Team   KENNESAW, Ga. (April 7,…

Georgia (Apr 7, 2014)Five additional cabinet-level officials will include:

President Outlines Composition, Titles of Senior Leadership Team
KENNESAW, Ga. (April 7, 2014) — Kennesaw State University (KSU) President Daniel S. Papp today announced the senior administrative structure that will comprise the leadership team when KSU’s consolidation with Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) is finalized in January 2015.
The announcement follows three months of deliberation and discussion that included numerous  meetings of the 47-person Expanded Consolidation Implementation Committee (ECIC), conversations with presidents of several Georgia and out-of-state universities, and multiple discussions with senior staff in the University System of Georgia’s Central Office,
The senior administrative structure of the consolidated university will include six vice presidents and five additional cabinet-level positions. The structure of divisions headed by the vice presidents may be found on the consolidation website:, under the “News” header.
The six vice presidents, all of whom will be members of the president’s cabinet, will be:
  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs W. Ken Harmon;
  • Vice President for Operations Randy Hinds, who also will serve as the university’s chief information officer and chief budget officer;
  • A Vice President for Student Affairs, for which a national search will be conducted, following the retirement of current Vice President for Student Success Jerome Ratchford;
  • Vice President for Advancement and Development Michael Harders;
  • Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing Arlethia Perry-Johnson, who also will serve as executive director of the KSU Press; and
  • A Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, a new position for which a national search also will be conducted.
  • General Counsel Flora Devine;
  • Chief Diversity Officer Erik Malewski;
  • Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams;
  • A Chief Audit, Risk, and Compliance Officer, a new position for which a national search also will be conducted; and
  • Executive Administrator/Chief of Protocol Lynda Johnson.
In addition, Faculty Executive Assistant (FEA) to the President Maureen McCarthy will remain on the Cabinet until her term as FEA expires on June 30, 2015, at which time the Faculty Senate president will join the Cabinet as an ex officio member. Also, as preferred by the NCAA, Faculty Athletic Representative Dan Neiderjohn will continue to report to President Papp.
Currently, President Papp has 13 direct reports, and SPSU President Lisa Rossbacher has 12, which together total 25 direct reports. Thus, with Papp having 12 direct reports in the consolidated university, the new senior administrative structure will achieve one of consolidation’s chief objectives, reduction of duplicative administrative positions so that funding can be redirected toward education, instructional support, and research.  
Several senior SPSU administrators already have accepted new positions.  SPSU President Rossbacher and SPSU Provost Zvi Safran both have accepted out-of-state presidential appointments, and several other SPSU senior administrators have obtained positions elsewhere.  Others have been offered management positions at the consolidated KSU.  In addition, some administrators have retired or are contemplating retirement, and at least one administrator will return to the faculty.
National searches for the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement; and the Chief Audit, Risk, and Compliance Officer will be launched this summer. These searches are slated for completion by the time KSU and SPSU consolidate in January 2015.
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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.


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