Kennesaw State president named among region’s Most Admired CEOs

Pamela Whitten
Pamela Whitten

KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec 11, 2020) — Kennesaw State President Pamela Whitten has been named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of Most Admired CEOs. Whitten and the other honorees were recognized at a virtual event on Dec. 10.

The publication’s annual award recognizes Atlanta-based CEOs with a strong record of innovation, outstanding financial performance, and commitment to diversity in the workplace, who have made significant contributions to the metro community.

This year’s honorees are composed of CEOs from 20 industry categories, and Whitten is one of just two named in education.

Whitten became president of Kennesaw State in 2018, and since that time the University has experienced record-breaking enrollment. This fall, the University welcomed more than 41,000 undergraduate and graduate students, making it the second-largest higher education institution in the state.

As president, she has made improving the student education and experience her top priority, by expanding engaged learning opportunities, initiating new faculty and advisor hirings, and raising funds for student scholarships. Over the past 12 months, the University has received three multi-million dollar gifts to benefit students.

During her tenure, KSU also achieved an R2 (research) designation, placing it among the top 6 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. classified as R1 or R2.

Whitten also was recently named to Atlanta Magazine’s Atlanta 500 as a prominent influencer in the education field. The Atlanta 500 honors the most influential people in the Atlanta area.


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 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

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