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USG: Finalist Named for Kennesaw State University Presidency




Dr. Kathy “Kat” Schwaig/USG

Board of Regents Chairman Harold Reynolds and Acting University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Teresa MacCartney announced that Dr. Kathy “Kat” Schwaig is the sole finalist for Kennesaw State President. University.

Schwaig is currently acting president of KSU.

“I can think of no more qualified candidate to become KSU’s next president than the person who leads it now and knows its students, faculty, staff and community so well,” MacCartney said. “Dr. 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 interim president. She has a clear vision to serve students and promote academic excellence of the university while strengthening its research and service missions.

During the past eight months as interim president, Schwaig has focused on student-centered policies and practices aimed at improving retention, progression, and graduation rates. This includes the creation of the Student Success Steering Committee, which works to coordinate and improve student success initiatives at a university that currently offers more than 165 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees and serves just under of 43,000 students.

Among other accomplishments, she also created a new communications structure on campus, successfully engaged with donors to raise funds for scholarships, coordinated strategic and tactical planning for campus and athletic facilities. and expanded the university’s overall strategic framework, the R2 Roadmap, by adding a new focus. to strengthen engagement both on campus and with community and business partners.

This work builds on many of Schwaig’s efforts as provost of KSU, when she was responsible for all aspects of the university’s academic mission, including planning, budgeting, and curriculum review, research and continuing education. She also supervised the deans of KSU’s 11 colleges and led the faculty in its efforts to strengthen academic programs and foster a culture of academic excellence.

“Dr. Schwaig has been an outstanding leader for KSU not only as interim president, but as provost and corps leader and longtime teacher,” said Regent Neil L. Pruitt Jr., committee chairman. Regents’ Special, who also contributed research.” 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. .”

Schwaig previously served as Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management and Professor of Information Systems, as well as Dean of KSU’s Michael J. Coles College of Business, a position she held from 2012 to 2019. Schwaig joined KSU’s faculty in 2002, giving him nearly 20 years of teaching and professional experience as an Owl.

During her tenure as dean of the business school, the college’s reputation grew, including its part-time MBA ranked among the top 25 in the nation and first in Georgia among public institutions by Bloomberg Businessweek (2018). CEO magazine (2018) ranked the Executive MBA program first in Georgia and seventh nationally. The online MBA program was ranked Top 20 nationally and #1 in Georgia by US News and World Report (2019).

Additionally, Schwaig led the college through two successful reaccreditation reviews by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and was instrumental in bringing in $13 million in philanthropic giving.

“Promoting academic excellence has been central to each of my leadership roles at KSU and I am honored to have the chance to continue this work,” Schwaig said. “KSU is a special place, and I believe that my experience as well as my deep affection and appreciation for the institution and its people can make a difference as we move forward. I would be honored to lead the university into its next chapter.

Schwaig has held several faculty and leadership positions at KSU, including Acting Dean and Associate, Acting Chair of the Department of Accounting, and Acting Chair of the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the College of university science and mathematics. Prior to joining KSU, Schwaig held faculty positions at Georgia State University, University of South Carolina, and Baylor University.

A native of central Texas, Schwaig earned a BBA in accounting and an MBA in information systems from Baylor University, a master’s degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of South Carolina.

The Board of Regents will decide on the position at a subsequent Board meeting no sooner than five days after a finalist is nominated.


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