Kennesaw State names Amanda Seals associate vice president for Economic Development and Community Engagement
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Georgia (Sep 28, 2015) — Board of Regents’ government liaison will help lead University’s new office
KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 28, 2015) — Kennesaw State University has appointed Amanda Seals, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia’s associate vice chancellor of government relations, as associate vice president of the University’s newly created Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement. She assumes her new role Oct. 15.
Seals has spent more than 17 years in state government — nearly eight of those as a USG liaison to state and federal legislators, leaders of the executive branch and civic and business leaders across the state.
At Kennesaw State, she will report to Charles E. Ross, who was appointed to the cabinet-level position of vice president of the University’s Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement in July.
“Bringing Amanda in on the ground level of operations for the new Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement allows us to take full advantage of the expertise and vast network she brings to Kennesaw State,” Ross said. “She will be a tremendous asset to our efforts to expand the University’s reach and impact, helping us to leverage our relationships with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to create more jobs and engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.”
Prior to her position with the Board of Regents, Seals served as the director of communications for the Georgia Department of Community Health. She also served as chief of staff for the Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore, director of communications for the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Senate, and served in former Governor Zell Miller’s Press Office.
“Amanda has used her interpersonal skills and expertise to weave together strong networks of support among business and civic partners on issues of importance to our system and campus communities,” said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “It is rewarding to see the talent of our University System continue to grow and develop and gain meaningful experiences across the system.”
A resident of Cobb County, Seals is active in the community, recently serving on the Board of Directors for the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association and currently as president-elect of the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta. Cobb Life Magazine named her one of its “20 rising stars under 40.” She received her bachelor’s in communication from Kennesaw State and is currently working to complete a master’s in higher education administration at Georgia Southern University.
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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.