Kennesaw State Names New Vice President for Student Affairs


Louisiana State University’s Kathleen White brings strong commitment to student growth and…

Georgia (Apr 13, 2015)Louisiana State University’s Kathleen White brings strong commitment to student growth and development

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KENNESAW, Ga. (April 13, 2015) – Following a national search that attracted more than 100 candidates, Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp announced that Kathleen “K.C.” White, associate vice chancellor and dean of students at Louisiana State University, will become the university’s new vice president for student affairs, effective July 1.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. White to Kennesaw State,” said Papp. “For more than 25 years, she has demonstrated her commitment to the growth and development of students, encouraging and challenging them to lead with integrity and compassion. Her leadership will be invaluable to us as we continue to consolidate our two campuses and strive to become a nationally recognized comprehensive university.”

As Kennesaw State’s new vice president for student affairs – a cabinet-level position reporting directly to the president – White will serve as the chief officer focused on assuring student success beyond the classroom. In her role, she will oversee, manage, and direct the University’s Division of Student Affairs and provide campus-wide leadership in planning, integrating, and conducting co-curricular student programs and activities. White also will collaborate across all areas and constituents within the university to enhance the student experience, including service to students, parents, alumni, community members, faculty, staff, and campus administrators.

White joined Louisiana State University in July 2002 as an associate dean of students. In December 2005, she was named associate vice chancellor for student life and dean of students. In that role, she served as an advocate for the needs of students and worked to provide a student-centered experience to support their academic pursuits and enable their success.

Previously, White held positions in the offices of student affairs at both Samford University and Florida State University. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from Florida State University, a Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University.

White will succeed current Vice President of Student Success Jerome Ratchford, who will retire on June 30, after close to 30 years of service to the University in various leadership roles in the student affairs operation.

“Jerome helped create, shaped and spearheaded numerous programs and services that have enriched the lives and fostered the success of many KSU students,” said Papp. “We are extremely grateful for the legacy that he leaves behind, and his many contributions to the University will have lasting impacts.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 


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