Acting Kennesaw State President is sole runner-up for top job

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The acting president of Kennesaw State University was named the sole finalist for the permanent position.

The Georgia Board of Regents and University System of Georgia announced Tuesday that Kathy “Kat” Schwaig would be the sole finalist in the search for a new president.

The regents recently waived a rule that acting presidents cannot enforce, which allowed Schwaig to apply for the permanent position.

“I can think of no more qualified candidate to become the next president of KSU than the person who leads it now and knows its students, faculty, staff and community so well,” said Teresa MacCartney, acting chancellor of KSU. university system.

Schwaig “has spent the past 20 years teaching at KSU while building relationships and gaining administrative experience that eventually led her to become provost and then acting president,” MacCartney added. “She has a clear vision to serve students and promote the university’s academic excellence while strengthening its research and service missions.

During her eight months as interim president, Schwaig focused on “student-centered policies and practices aimed at improving retention, progression and graduation rates,” officials said. state education in a press release.

“She has a proven track record of putting students, faculty and staff first, and would be a perfect fit for a university and campus community she already knows so well,” said Regent Neil Pruitt Jr.

Schwaig also held the Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management and Professor of Information Systems. She also served as Dean of KSU’s Michael J. Coles College of Business. Schwaig joined the KSU faculty in 2002.

Prior to joining KSU, she was on the faculty of Georgia State University, the University of South Carolina, and Baylor University in Texas.

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