Kennesaw State president named one of Atlanta’s “Most Admired” CEOs for second year

Dr. Papp receies trophy from Crystal Edmonson of Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Business Chronicle recognizes Daniel S. Papp as one of top five in education Click here for…

Georgia (Aug 28, 2015)Atlanta Business Chronicle recognizes Daniel S. Papp as one of top five in education

Click here for a photo of the trophy presentation

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Aug. 28, 2014) — For the second year in a row, the Atlanta Business Chronicle has named Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp one of Atlanta’s 50 “Most Admired CEOs.” The awards were announced Thursday during a breakfast at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta.

Papp was among five winners in the education category, which also included the presidents of Georgia State, Georgia Tech and Morehouse College, and the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.

The publication recognized executives who are established leaders with a strong record of innovation in their fields, outstanding financial performance, a commitment to quality, a strong vision and a commitment to diversity.

Since taking the helm at Kennesaw State in 2006, Papp has implemented and overseen many significant milestones as the institution continues its rise in national prominence. The University has just completed a consolidation with Southern Polytechnic State University, which has resulted in an enrollment of more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and a ranking among the nation’s 50-largest public institutions.

In 2013, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents designated Kennesaw State a “comprehensive university,” emphasizing the University’s increase in research, graduate programs and global engagement. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. Under Papp’s leadership, the University graduated its first doctoral student in 2010 and now offers 12 doctoral degrees, including Ph.D.s in international conflict management and data analytics.

Papp also has guided Kennesaw State through a multi-year process that will result next week in the launch of the University’s inaugural NCAA Division I football season, with the first game being played against East Tennessee State University on September 3, and the first home game on September 12 against Edward Waters College.

In addition, several new state-of-the-art facilities have been constructed on the campus during Papp’s tenure, including most recently, a $41 million student recreation facility; a $20 million addition to the Bagwell College of Education; the $50 million Prillaman Hall health sciences facility; and a $21 million facility dedicated entirely to scientific teaching and research.

# # #

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