Kennesaw State University new faculty executive assistant to the president named


Software Engineering and Game Development Chair Jon Preston to serve in cabinet-level post Click…

Georgia (May 14, 2015)Software Engineering and Game Development Chair Jon Preston to serve in cabinet-level post

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 14, 2015) —Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has selected Jon Preston to serve as faculty executive assistant to the president, starting July 1. The cabinet post is a three-year term reporting directly to the president.

The faculty executive assistant to the president provides executive support by acting as a key presidential liaison to a wide variety of constituents inside and outside the university, by providing feedback and advice to the president on a wide variety of issues, and by undertaking special projects as assigned by the president.

Preston, chair of the Software Engineering and Game Development department and a professor of gaming, succeeds Maureen McCarthy, professor of psychology, who began her cabinet-level duties on July 1, 2012. Preston has served seven years on the computer science faculty at Southern Polytechnic State University, which consolidated with Kennesaw State University in January 2015.

“Jon offers a unique perspective to this role having served as a faculty member at both Southern Polytechnic and Kennesaw State, which will serve us well as we continue to consolidate our two campuses,” said Papp. “As I welcome and look forward to working with him, I want to thank Maureen McCarthy for her service as well as her wisdom and commitment to collaboration throughout the past three years.” 

Preston, who earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State University, is the founder and coordinator for Kennesaw State’s Center of Applied Gaming and Media Arts and coordinator of the University’s Computer Game Design and Development program. He has taught computing for more than 20 years and game development courses during the past 10 years.

He has received National Science Foundation funding and participated in games-for-learning and community-building grants to enhance STEM education. Preston has served on the Cobb Education Consortium and the USG Executive Leadership Institute, and was named a 2015 Global Game Jam Inaugural VIP Scholar for his work with students and faculty by the International Game Developers Association.

Previously, Preston served as associate professor at Clayton State University and taught computer science at Georgia Tech. He currently serves on the Georgia Game Developers Association.  


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