Kennesaw State University names new executive director of government relations
Kennesaw State University names new executive director of government relations Fatimot Ladipo…
Georgia (Nov 30, 2015) — Kennesaw State University names new executive director of government relations
Fatimot Ladipo brings experience in federal and state government relations to position at KSU
KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Nov. 30, 2015) — Kennesaw State University has appointed Fatimot Ladipo, the director of government affairs for the Georgia Dental Association, as executive director of government relations in the newly created Division of Economic Development and Community Engagement at the University. She assumes her new role on Nov. 30.
Ladipo has 15 years of experience in government and community affairs, including several years focused on education legislative issues. As assistant director of federal relations at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she promoted the strategic vision and goals of the Institute as they pertained to federal research and education programs and policies. Ladipo also served as the legislative and media liaison for the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the state agency that administers the HOPE Scholarship.
Ladipo will serve as a key Kennesaw State University liaison to state and federal policymakers, University System of Georgia officials, and business and civic leaders. She also will identify priorities for KSU and develop action plans that require governmental, legislative and community support.
“Fatimot Ladipo’s invaluable experience will be an asset in telling the University’s story to our partners both at the Gold Dome and the U.S. Capitol,” said Charles Ross, vice president for economic development and community engagement at Kennesaw State. “With Fatimot’s leadership, we are well positioned to leverage the growing reach we have as a comprehensive University for the state of Georgia and beyond.”
As director of government affairs for the Georgia Dental Association, Ladipo oversaw all governmental relations activities, including lobbying federal, state and local officials and educating association members about the legislative activities of the organization.
Ladipo’s governmental-relations experience includes having worked in the federal government, as an associate analyst for the Congressional Budget Office and a management analyst for the Department of Commerce. She also has held positions with other state agencies and in city government, serving as director for policy and legislation for the lieutenant governor of Georgia and a legislative analyst for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs with the City of Atlanta.
Ladipo graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies and earned a Master of Science in Public Policy from Georgia Tech.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 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 more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. 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 kennesaw.edu.