Papp Among Top 100 Most Influential Atlantans

Welcome to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual special section profiling Atlanta’s 100…

Georgia (Jun 22, 2015)Welcome to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual special section profiling Atlanta’s 100 most influential people, as selected by the Chronicle’s editors. The list contains many familiar names, but also many new ones


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Daniel Papp
President, Kennesaw State
Daniel Papp is using his influence to create a new Kennesaw State University that will have approximately 32,000 students. On Jan. 6, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia greenlighted the consolidation of KSU and Southern Polytechnic State University. The newly combined university will operate as fully consolidated institution when classes begin this fall. "This is a historic moment for both institutions," Papp has said. The combined school will be one of the top 50 largest public universities in the country and will employ more than 2,800 full-time faculty and staff.
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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