Kennesaw State names new senior vice provost for academic affairs
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John Omachonu will help guide academic…
(May 7, 2015) —
John Omachonu will help guide academic strategy for consolidated university
KENNESAW, Ga. (May 1, 2015)
— Following a national search, Kennesaw State University
has named John Omachonu, a longtime higher education administrator, as its new senior
vice provost — a role vital to the institution’s post-consolidation growth and transition.
Omachonu, who currently serves as vice provost for academic affairs and chief diversity
officer at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), will begin his duties at Kennesaw
State on July 1. He is filling a position left vacant by Teresa Joyce, who accepted
a position at the University System of Georgia central office.
As senior vice provost at Kennesaw State, Omachonu will assist the University’s provost
and vice president for academic affairs, W. Ken Harmon, and work in close collaboration
with the associate and assistant vice presidents in the Office ofAcademicAffairs
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Omachonu as a key member of the administrative
team that will be responsible for executing academic strategy in the wake of Kennesaw
State’s recent designation as a comprehensive university and its consolidation with
Southern Polytechnic State University,” Harmon said. “We will need his experience,
skill, vision and energy to move towards becoming the world-class institution we envision.”
Prior to his current position at MTSU, Omachonu served as interim dean and associate
dean of the College of Mass Communication. He also has held administrative positions
at William Paterson University and Fort Valley State University, as well as faculty
positions at Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University. Omachonu is a
past fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) and a widely published scholar.
He received his B.S. in psychology/zoology, his M.A. in mass communication, and his
Ph.D. in mass communication from Howard University.
Omachonu was selected following a national search conducted by an interdisciplinary
search committee, chaired by Ron Matson, associate vice president for faculty and
professor of biology.
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 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.