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Senior administrative structure named for post-consolidation
Kennesaw State University

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APRIL 7, 2014 – Kennesaw State University (KSU) President Daniel S. Papp today announced the senior administrative structure that will comprise the leadership team when KSU’s consolidation with Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) is finalized in January 2015.

The announcement follows three months of deliberation and discussion that included numerous meetings of the 47-person Expanded Consolidation Implementation Committee (ECIC), conversations with presidents of several Georgia and out-of-state universities, and multiple discussions with senior staff in the University System of Georgia’s Central Office.

Senior Administration Structure and Cabinet

The senior administrative structure of the consolidated university will include six vice presidents and five additional cabinet-level positions. The structure of divisions headed by the vice presidents may be found on the consolidation website at: http://www.ksuspsuconsolidation.com, under the “News” header.

The six vice presidents, all of whom will be members of the president’s cabinet,
will be:

• Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs W. Ken Harmon;

• Vice President for Operations Randy Hinds, who also will serve as the university’s chief information officer and chief budget officer;

• A Vice President for Student Affairs, for which a national search will be conducted, following the retirement of current Vice President for Student Success Jerome Ratchford;

• Vice President for Advancement and Development Michael Harders;

• Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing Arlethia Perry-Johnson, who also will serve as executive director of the KSU Press; and

• A Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, a new position for which a national search also will be conducted.

Five additional cabinet-level officials will include:

• General Counsel Flora Devine;

• Chief Diversity Officer Erik Malewski;

• Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams;

• A Chief Audit, Risk, and Compliance Officer, a new position for which a national search also will be conducted; and

• Executive Administrator/Chief of Protocol Lynda Johnson.

In addition, Faculty Executive Assistant (FEA) to the President Maureen McCarthy will remain on the Cabinet until her term as FEA expires on June 30, 2015, at which time the Faculty Senate president will join the Cabinet as an ex officio member. Also, as preferred by the NCAA, Faculty Athletic Representative Dan Neiderjohn will continue to report to President Papp.



Currently, President Papp has 13 direct reports, and SPSU President Lisa Rossbacher has 12,which together total 25 direct reports. Thus, with Papp having 12 direct reports in the consolidated university, the new senior administrative structure will achieve one of the consolidation’s chief objectives, reduction of duplicative administrative positions so that funding can be redirected toward education, instructional support, and research.

Several senior SPSU administrators already have accepted new positions. SPSU President Rossbacher and SPSU Provost Zvi Safran both have accepted out-of-state presidential appointments, and several other SPSU senior administrators have obtained positions elsewhere. Others have been offered management positions at the consolidated KSU. In addition, some administrators have retired or are contemplating retirement, and at least one administrator will return to the faculty.

National searches for the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement; and the Chief Audit, Risk, and Compliance Officer will be launched this summer. These searches are slated for completion by the time KSU and SPSU consolidate in January 2015.

USG Strategic Imperatives, New Divisions, and New Names

Both the Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement position and the Chief Audit, Risk, and Compliance Officer position are new for both KSU and SPSU. They focus on two of the three University System of Georgia (USG) strategic imperatives, Economic Development and Accountability. The USG’s third strategic imperative, Academic Excellence and Degree Completion, is the focus of the Division of Academic Affairs, headed by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ken Harmon.

In addition to these two new positions, two other vice president positions and divisions will be re-titled after consolidation is finalized in January 2015.

First, the Division of Student Success will become the Division of Student Affairs upon the transfer of advising and orientation to Academic Affairs and the retirement of current Vice President for Student Success Jerome Ratchford. A national search will be initiated to fill this vice presidency.

Second, the Division of External Affairs will be retitled the Division of Strategic Communications and Marketing upon the transfer of the Government Relations unit to the Division of Economic Development and Community Engagement, and the transfer of the KSU Press from Academic Affairs to Strategic Communications and Marketing. Arlethia Perry-Johnson will continue to head this division.

Academic Affairs, Colleges, and Deans

Also this afternoon, current KSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ken Harmon - who as related above will continue in this position after consolidation - named the individuals who have been offered opportunities to serve in senior positions in the Division of Academic Affairs and as deans of the colleges within the consolidated university.

As with senior administrators, consolidation will lead to a significant reduction in the number of Academic Affairs administrators. As separate institutions, KSU has 10 deans and one Chief International Officer/Executive Director of the Institute for Global Initiatives; while SPSU has six deans, one Director of International Programs, one Director of Education Programs, one Director of the Honors Program, and one Director of Graduate Studies, for a combined total of 21 positions. As presently envisioned, the consolidated university will combine these positions into 13 deanships and one new Vice Provost for International Programs, for a reduction of seven administrative positions. Again as with senior administrators, this reduction will allow funding to be redirected primarily toward education, instructional support, and research.

As for deans at SPSU, deanship offers have been extended to:

• Rich Cole, as dean of the College of Architecture and Construction Management;

• Han Reichgelt, as dean of the College of Computing and Software Engineering; and

• Tom Currin, as dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

From KSU, deanship offers have been extended to:

• Patty Poulter, as dean of the College of the Arts;

• Kat Schwaig, as dean of the Coles College of Business;

• Barbara Calhoun, as dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Education;

• Arlinda Eaton, as dean of the Bagwell College of Education;

• Mark Anderson, as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics;

• Charlie Amlaner, as dean of the Graduate College and Vice President for Research;

• Ralph Rascati, as dean of the Honors College; and

• Robin Dorff, as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In addition, two searches for deans are either underway or soon will be underway. The first is in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services, where Dean Richard Sowell is returning to the faculty. The second is in University College, where a search for a permanent dean will begin in Fall Semester 2014. Keisha Hoerrner currently serves as the college’s interim dean.

Within the Office of Academic Affairs, Provost Harmon announced he would soon begin a national search for a new senior vice provost. KSU’s previous senior vice provost, Teresa Joyce, accepted a position at the University System of Georgia Central Office.

Provost Harmon also announced that he had offered the associate vice president of faculty position to Ron Matson; the associate vice president for curriculum position to Val Whittlesey; the associate vice president for enrollment services position to Kim West; the Assistant Vice President For Technology Enhanced Education position to Elke Leeds; and re-designated the Chief International Officer and Executive Director of the Institute for Global Initiatives position the Vice Provost for International Programs, and offered that post to Lance Askildson.

Similar to the situation with senior level administrators, several individuals displaced in Academic Affairs have obtained positions elsewhere, some have been offered less senior positions at the consolidated KSU, some have retired or are contemplating retirement, and some are returning to the faculty.

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