Kennesaw State President honored with Leadership Award by Cobb Chamber of Commerce


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Daniel S. Papp recognized for his vision and commitment to higher education

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Jan. 29, 2015) — The Cobb Chamber of Commerce presented its 2014 Leadership Award to Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp Saturday evening (Jan. 24), during the organization’s 73rd annual meeting, which was attended by nearly 1,000 business, community and military leaders, economic development partners and elected officials.

The Chamber’s Leadership Award honors an individual whose extraordinary leadership, vision and trailblazing efforts have significantly impacted Cobb County. According to David Connell, president and CEO of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, Papp was recognized for his unwavering commitment in serving the community by leading Kennesaw State through its consolidation with Southern Polytechnic State University and for his work in building a football program.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Cobb Chamber’s Leadership Award, and thank the organization’s leadership for recognizing the work we are doing at Kennesaw State University,” Papp said. “Our consolidation is a significant milestone both in the university's history and in Cobb County’s history. The faculty, staff and students of our two campuses are outstanding and dedicated individuals, and we thank them for all of their hard work and contributions to the consolidation. We also recognize that we are in a position to create a world-class institution because of the overwhelming support of our local community.”

Papp, who has served as president of Kennesaw State since 2006, has led the consolidation process between Southern Polytechnic and Kennesaw State over the past 16 months. On Nov. 1, 2013, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved Chancellor Hank Huckaby’s proposal to consolidate the two Cobb County-based public institutions, and named Papp president. The Board of Regents gave final approval of the consolidation on Jan. 6, 2015. Several additional actions will take place over the next two years for the consolidation to be complete, including final accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in late 2015 and the creation of a 2017-2022 Strategic Plan for the university by 2017.

“I have witnessed first-hand the challenges of mergers in the higher education business as a longtime board member of Chattahoochee Technical College, and I have watched Dr. Papp provide the vision and leadership needed to organize a process that ensured a smooth transition and a big step forward in creating a nationally recognized university,” Connell stated. “Cobb County and the state of Georgia are well served by Dr. Papp’s goal of creating a university that is directly linked to the needs of businesses and that embraces a global perspective for a diverse population of students. This award is an affirmation of his vision, leadership and execution of the goals associated with the consolidation.”

Ben Mathis, outgoing chairman of the Cobb Chamber Board of Directors and managing partner of Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP, presented the award to Papp. Mathis was one of Papp’s students at Georgia Tech, where Papp taught for over 20 years.  

“The Leadership Award is not given each year, but only to recipients who have a profound impact on our community,” Mathis said. “Dan’s leadership of the merger between Kennesaw State and Southern Poly is having a transformational effect on our area. His work has been remarkable, to accomplish so much in such a short period of time.  He is leading these two fine schools on a path to a world-class university. He has a vision and the ability – the proverbial right person, at the right time and right place.”


- Tiffany Capuano; Photo by Jason Braverman


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