Dr. Daniel S. Papp - President
Dr. W. Ken Harmon - Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Randy C. Hinds - Vice President for Operations, Chief Business Officer and Chief Information Officer
Dr. Kathleen C. White - Vice President for Student Affairs
Mike Harders - Vice President for University Advancement and Development
Arlethia Perry-Johnson - Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Charles Ross - Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement
Dr. Flora Devine - General Counsel and Special Assistant to the President for Legal Affairs
Dr. Erik L. Malewski - Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Jon Preston - Faculty Executive Assistant to the President
Vaughn A. Williams - Athletics Director
Lynda K. Johnson - Executive Administrator to the President and Chief of Protocol
Dr. Ron Koger - Special Assistant to the President for Consolidation
Daniel S. Papp
Daniel S. Papp became the third president of Kennesaw State University July 1, 2006. Prior to being named president by the Board of Regents, Papp served as senior vice chancellor for academics and fiscal affairs of the University System of Georgia. Senior vice chancellor since 2000, Papp was responsible for system-wide academic, faculty and student issues and concerns; business and financial affairs; academic and business information-technology systems; and strategic planning affecting all of the university system’s 35 institutions. Before becoming senior vice chancellor, Papp directed educational programs for Yamacraw, Georgia’s initiative to become the global leader in broadband technologies and components. Papp served as interim president of Southern Polytechnic State University from 1997 to 1998 and as executive assistant to the president at Georgia Tech from 1994 to 1997.
An international affairs expert, Papp was the founding director of Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs from 1990 to 1993 and director of the Georgia Tech School of Social Sciences from 1980 to 1990. He joined Georgia Tech’s faculty in 1973 as an assistant professor of international affairs. While at Tech, Papp was also visiting professor at the Western Australia Institute of Technology; research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College; senior research professor at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education of the U.S. Air War College; and visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. In 1993, Papp was selected Georgia Tech’s "Distinguished Professor," the first time the honor was awarded to someone other than an engineer or physical scientist. He has twice been awarded the U.S. Department of the Army’s "Outstanding Civilian Service" medal.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College, Papp received his doctorate in international affairs from the University of Miami. His academic specialties include international security policy, U.S. and Russian foreign and defense policies, and international system change. He is the author or editor of 10 books on these topics, including the biography of former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk. He also has published more than 60 journal articles and chapters in edited books.
Many organizations have funded Papp’s research, including the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Information Agency, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the U.S. Department of Education and NATO. He has traveled widely in the former USSR, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa. He has held a Sloan Scholarship and a National Defense Education Act Fellowship.
Papp is past chairman of the American-Soviet Relations and Southern Sections of the International Studies Association, senior fellow for international security at the Southern Center for International Studies, and a member of the Society of International Business Fellows.
Papp is married to Susan Lord Papp. He has two sons, William and Alexander, and two stepsons, Michael and Benjamin. He also has five grandchildren, granddaughters Elena, Vivi, and Mila; and grandsons Bobby and Ayden.
Papp has served on the Church Council of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marietta, Ga., and coached youth basketball and football. He is a past captain of the Miami, Atlanta and Georgia Tech rugby football clubs. He has also been a participant in several Friendship Force home-stay programs in Russia.
Dr. W. Ken Harmon
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ken Harmon is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Harmon has been in higher education for more than 27 years at several nationally-recognized institutions. Prior to his appointment as Interim Provost and VPAA, he served as Dean of the Coles College of Business and Director of the School of Accountancy at Kennesaw State, Dean of the Else School of Management at Millsaps College, and Chair of the Accounting Departments at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Middle Tennessee State University, and Arizona State University West. He also served on the Accounting faculty at the University of Missouri and Drexel University.
A native of Memphis, Dr. Harmon earned a B.S. in Accounting, a Master of Accountancy, and a Doctorate in Accounting, all from the University of Tennessee. He is a CPA in the State of Tennessee. Dr. Harmon was a journal editor, has authored numerous publications, and served on 10 Editorial Boards.
Dr. Harmon specializes in accounting information systems, leadership development, strategic planning, and business education. He previously was a staff auditor with Price Waterhouse, was president of his own software company, and has been a consultant to numerous companies and universities.
Randy C. Hinds
Vice President for Operations
Chief Information Officer/Chief Business Officer
and Professor of Information Systems
Randy C. Hinds is Vice President for Operations, and Chief Information Officer/Chief Business Officer at Kennesaw State University. Hinds joined Kennesaw State as the university’s first CIO in 1998. He has primary oversight responsibility for all academic and administrative information activities, financial services, safety, security, HR, facilities services, auxiliary operations, institutional research, and library support including archives.
Hinds came to KSU after completing a distinguished 30-year military career where he served in a variety of information technology leadership positions. His final military assignment was at the National Defense University in Washington D.C., where he served in leadership roles with the School of Information Warfare and Strategy, and the Department of Defense’s Command and Control Research Program.
Hinds’ research interests include investigating the relationship between information systems and organizational learning. He holds professor of information systems status at KSU and lectures within the university’s graduate and undergraduate communications, computer science, and information systems degree programs. At the national level, he has served as a key member of the EDUCAUSE Current Issues Committee charged with identifying the critical information technology issues facing higher education institutions.
Dr. Kathleen C. White
Vice President of Student Affairs
Dr. White serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Kennesaw State University. As the Divisional leader focused on assuring student success beyond the classroom she will oversee, manage, and direct the University’s Division of Student Affairs and provide campus-wide leadership in planning, integrating, and conducting co-curricular student programs and activities. White also will collaborate across all areas and constituents within the university to enhance the student experience, including service to students, parents, alumni, community members, faculty, staff, and campus administrators.
Dr. White oversees, manages and directs the division assessment process, planning and strategic initiatives, global learning fee and student activities and budget advisory committees, student development programs for special student populations, student involvement, career services center, residence life, club sports, intramural and recreation activities, student conduct and academic integrity, center for student leadership and student success services to include counseling and psychological services, the center for young adult addiction and recovery, parent and family programs and the veterans resource center.
Dr. White has remained committed to the growth and development of students; pursued opportunities for students to challenge themselves and one another to lead with compassion and integrity; and advocated on students’ behalf to involve them in the life of University and its’ surrounding community
Prior to assuming the vice president position at Kennesaw State University, Dr. White served as the Associate Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students at Louisiana State University from 2005 to 2015. She served as an advocate for the needs of students and worked to provide a student-centered experience to support their academic pursuits and enable their success.
Previously, Dr. White held positions in student affairs at University of Miami, Mercer University and Florida State University.
White holds a Doctor of Education degree from Florida State University, a Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University in DeLand, FL.
Michael J. Harders
Vice President for University Advancement and Development
Michael J. Harders is Vice President for University Advancement and Development. He has served in higher education for 11 years after a 10 year career in private industry. Harders leads the university’s comprehensive advancement team, overseeing annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations programs, and alumni affairs.
Prior to his appointment as Vice President for University Advancement and Development, Harders served as the Executive Director of Development at Missouri State University. At Missouri State, he was responsible for all fundraising operations for the University. He was also responsible for coordinating the successful $125 million "Our Promise-The Campaign for Missouri State University".
Harders began his career in higher education as a development officer for the Kansas State University Foundation. Over his seven years at Kansas State, he was promoted three times and held the position of senior director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences before joining Missouri State. During that period, he developed the college’s first five-year strategic fundraising plan and increased private support for the college from $1.1 million to more than $7 million annually. Harders also served as the Mountain Region director for the successful $500 million "Changing Lives Campaign".
Harders and his wife, Leigh, have two children.
Vice President for External Affairs
Ms. Arlethia Perry-Johnson has enjoyed a 30-year communications career that spans public, investor, media and university relations, launched after early success in print journalism, as well as broadcast and cable TV.
Ms. Perry-Johnson joined Kennesaw State University (KSU) as special assistant to the president for external affairs in October 2006, after serving nearly 12 years as the chief communications officer for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. In August 2010, Ms. Perry-Johnson was promoted to vice president of external affairs at KSU, after expansion of her role as the chief external affairs officer for the university, responsible for oversight of the Division of External Affairs, which encompassed the University Relations department and the institution's legislative, community and public affairs operations. In July 2015, Ms. Perry-Johnson was named vice president of strategic communications and marketing for the newly consolidated University, and is charged with enhancing KSU’s national visibility, profile and expanding the institution’s external positioning. During her tenure, KSU has twice been recognized by the national publication U.S. News and World Report as "an Up-and Coming University." Ms. Perry-Johnson also serves as a member of the President's Cabinet, the administrative body of the university.
Ms. Perry-Johnson joined the Board of Regents’ staff in February 1995 as assistant vice chancellor for media and publications, charged with building a new public relations operation and elevating the University System's national profile. Named associate vice chancellor for media and publications in September 2002, she continued developing and implementing communications strategies that impacted, positioned and marketed the state's then-35 public colleges and universities. In those two capacities, Ms. Perry-Johnson managed the media and publications staff; served as chief spokesperson; and worked daily with local, regional, national and international media, campus presidents, and a wide array of statewide constituents. She also served as the board’s open records officer and supported legislative communications. In addition, she also launched and served as project director of the University System of Georgia’s nationally recognized African-American Male Initiative (AAMI), aimed at enhancing Black male participation in college. She continues to lead that 27-campus USG effort in her role at KSU, and in December 2007, April 2011 and September 2012 convened statewide AAMI Best Practices Conferences.
Ms. Perry-Johnson began her professional career as a junior in college, working as a general assignments reporter for The New Pittsburgh Courier. She moved from print to television, and next worked as an assistant to the producer for "PM Magazine/Los Angeles," and as co-anchor for a live cable TV public affairs program, "On Cable Tonight," in Memphis, Tenn.
Ms. Perry-Johnson joined the Public Information Department at Penn State’s University Park campus as a writer/editor in 1984. In 1987, she was promoted to director of university relations at Penn State Great Valley (in suburban Philadelphia). She continued her career in increasingly responsible positions, serving as director of media and external relations at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; manager of national (and investor) media relations for the Tennessee Valley Authority; and as executive director of the news bureau at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she supervised news operations on both the academic and medical campuses.
As a freelance writer, Ms. Perry-Johnson has contributed to such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Philadelphia Tribune, Black Issues in Higher Education and other outlets.
Ms. Perry-Johnson also is active in several professional and civic organizations. She serves on the executive committee of the Georgia Council on Economic Education and chaired its Communications Committee for four years. She has served on the board of Board of Directors Network, Inc., an Atlanta-based organization focused on expanding female representation on public company boards to enhance corporate governance; and on the board of directors and the executive committee of Communities in Schools of Georgia. She is a former member of the board and the executive committee of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District III. In 2001, she served as Program Co-Chair for the district’s regional conference. Perry-Johnson also is a former member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ), and chaired AABJ’s Minority Scholarship Competition for two years (1998, 1999). Ms. Perry-Johnson also was a network organizer for the Ms. Foundation's "Take Our Daughters To Work Day" events, in Tennessee and Georgia.
Ms. Perry-Johnson earned her B.A. in journalism and communications from Point Park University, in Pittsburgh, Pa. She is a graduate of the 2015 Executive Leadership Academy at the University of California, Berkeley; the 2015 Managerial Leadership Program of Emory University; and the 2003-2004 Associates Program of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, based in San Jose, Calif. In 2004, she served as one of the co-conveners of the "State of the African American Male" conference in Atlanta, an initiative of U.S. Congressman Danny Davis. She also is a graduate of the 1997 Class of Leadership Georgia. Ms. Perry-Johnson is included in several editions of the publication "Who’s Who in Black Atlanta," and was featured among a group of women leaders in the 2010 edition of that book. In 2012, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named her one of "25 women leaders who are making a difference."
Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement
Mr. Ross is the Vice President of Economic Development and Community Engagement for Kennesaw State University. Ross joined Kennesaw State as the university’s first Vice President of Economic Development and Community Engagement in July 2015. As KSU’s chief economic development officer, Mr. Ross provides campus-wide leadership in deploying university resources to support northwest Georgia’s economic development efforts and engaging off-campus communities. Mr. Ross chairs the KSU Economic Development Task Force, is KSU’s chief liaison to the Cobb County Competitive EDGE Project, and oversees KSU’s Offices of Community Engagement and Government Relations.
Ross came to KSU after 10 years of service in university-based economic development. Prior to his current position, Mr. Ross held several positions with the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his tenure at EI2, Mr. Ross was responsible for executing growth opportunities that expanded the scope and reach of EI2’s programs and provided leadership for several nationally recognized programs focused on technology, rural, and minority entrepreneurship.
Prior to the Enterprise Innovation Institute, Mr. Ross was a Vice President of the Telecommunications Development Fund where he sourced, structured, and managed investments in several early-stage communications companies. Additionally, Mr. Ross was a Director of Ameritech’s venture capital division where he identified and executed strategic technology investments. During these assignments, Mr. Ross served as a corporate director and observer for several early-stage technology companies and participated in investment exits via initial public offerings and strategic acquisition.
In addition to his technology entrepreneurship experience, Mr. Ross has over ten years of business development and engineering management experience acquired through several assignments within Ameritech’s cellular, telephony, electronic commerce, and IT business units.
Currently Mr. Ross is a director with the National Business Incubation Association, an organization focused on supporting entrepreneurship and the business creation process in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Ross is also a director of The Center for Working Families, an employment and asset-building initiative to improve the economic well-being of inner city residents within the city of Atlanta, and Neighborhood Nexus, a regional collaborative to enable data-based decision making for community-focused organizations.
Mr. Ross holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a MBA from Indiana University.
Flora B. Devine
General Counsel / Special Assistant to President
Flora B. Devine, General Counsel / Special Assistant to President for legal affairs and diversity at Kennesaw State University, is an attorney and educator. During her legal career, she has represented management in government, in the private sector and in higher education. Her career in education includes executive-level administrative positions in legal affairs, organizational planning and marketing, and human resources.
Devine began her career as a city attorney in the City of Atlanta Law Department and later joined a private law firm. Before joining the administration at DeKalb College as legal counsel, she worked with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency Region V. Devine has been an adjunct professor at Clark College, Georgia State University and Kennesaw State, teaching communications law, higher education law, conflict resolution and multiculturalism in education. She is a frequent trainer and consultant on workplace legal issues, including conflict resolution and mediation, and managing diversity issues in the workplace (including discrimination and equal employment issues such as sexual harassment, and leadership and organizational change). She is the architect of KSU’s New View of the Future Strategic Plan (1995) and the university’s first strategic plan for managing diversity (2001).
Devine’s recent community service includes past chair of the Georgia Indigent Defense Council (2004) and the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Indigent Defense that developed the blueprint for overhauling the state system that provides lawyers for persons who cannot afford them. She is a former board member (two terms) of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and a Fellow of the American Council on Education.
Devine was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Dr. Erik L. Malewski
Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Curriculum Studies
Dr. Erik Malewski became Kennesaw State University’s (KSU) permanent Chief Diversity Officer on July 1, 2012. Dr. Malewski, previously an associate professor of curriculum studies at Purdue University’s College of Education, is an expert on multiculturalism, college internationalization efforts, and the theory and practice of teaching and learning. He has taught at Purdue since 2003 and during his tenure there he focused on infusing multiculturalism into teacher preparation programs and leading strategic planning in the area of diversity. Dr. Malewski has taught foundations of curriculum, multicultural education and contemporary curriculum theory in addition to extensive research on the work experiences of chief diversity officers. He served as senior diversity advocate at Penn State University in 2002 and served in the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity prior to that.
Dr. Malewski, a native of Detroit, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Loyola University Chicago; and he received his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum and Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in higher education for the past 15 years and is a respected scholar and teacher of diversity and inclusion. In addition to his diverse teaching career, Dr. Malewski is also a widely published author of numerous papers, articles, and books. He has also been the recipient of several academic awards and has a proven track record of success with obtaining research and program development grants.
Dr. Malewski comes to KSU with the vision, knowledge, and experience to further enhance KSU’s commitment to advancing the principles of a diverse and inclusive campus community. As Chief Diversity Officer, he will coordinate diversity-oriented programs and initiatives at KSU and develop and implement a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion. He will also be developing policies, procedures and curriculum activities guided by the principles of diversity, inclusion, transparency, and shared governance.
Dr. Jon Preston
Faculty Executive Assistant to the President
Jon Preston is the Faculty Executive Assistant to President Papp and Professor of Software Engineering and Computer Game Development in the College of Computing and Software Engineering. He has served the University System of Georgia for over twenty years. Dr. Preston earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State University and has taught computing courses in Information Technology, Software Engineering, Computer Science, and Computer Game Design and Development. Dr. Preston is the founder of Kennesaw State University’s Center of Applied Gaming and Media Arts and founded the Computer Game Design and Development Bachelor of Science program in 2008.
Preston believes in interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty and students, and his past work has created opportunities for computing to positively impact other fields. He has received National Science Foundation funding and participated in games-for-learning and community-building grants to enhance STEM education. His work has supported local K12 schools through games-for-learning projects, and through these events, KSU has promoted STEM and college attendance to thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students. In pursuit of empowering students, Preston has co-hosted some of the largest software development jam/hackathon events in the world as part of local and global game jam weekends.
Preston has participated in the Cobb Education Consortium, the University System of Georgia's Executive Leadership Institute, and the NSF Innovation Corps program; he is also an active member of the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission and the Georgia Game Developers Association.
Vaughn Williams brings his extensive knowledge and experience of collegiate athletics to the position of athletic director at Kennesaw State University.
Prior to accepting the job at Kennesaw State, Williams has had a prestigious six-plus year tenure at the University of Connecticut. While there, Williams served as an assistant athletic director, with his responsibilities mainly involving strategic planning, facility master planning and policy and procedure improvement. He also served as chair of the University of Connecticut’s Sportsmanship/Fan Environment Initiative Committee.
At Connecticut, Williams directed the operation and management of 11 campus athletic facilities for 24 varsity sports and 600 student-athletes, as well as the university’s recreational/intramural program, which serves 3,500 participants. He also oversaw the Huskies’ event management team that provides support to varsity sports, including the hosting of Big East and NCAA post-season events. In addition, Williams served as the program’s home game administrator for football and basketball games.
Before arriving at Connecticut, Williams had over 10 years of NCAA Division I athletics experience. He was a staple at Boston College in their athletic department as an assistant athletic director for six years from 1998-2004. While working at Boston College, he earned his master’s degree in Administrative Studies.
Williams got his start working in collegiate athletics at the University of Utah. During his two years there, Williams went from the Assistant Director of Finance to the Director of Finance before leaving for the University of Toledo, where he served as the Associate Athletic Director of Business Affairs from 1996-1998.
Williams’ experience in athletics reaches beyond the boundaries of administration. Earning his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts in 1992, Williams was a four-year letter winner in football at UMass.
Williams and his wife, Eileen, have three children.
Lynda K. Johnson
Executive Administrator to the President and Chief of Protocol
In her capacity as Executive Administrator to the President and Chief of Protocol, Ms. Johnson brings 30+ years of experience in higher education. The past 32 have been in the Office of the President at Kennesaw State University. Before coming to KSU, she spent several years in the corporate sector. Prior to that she worked at the University of Texas at Austin and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
As Executive Administrator to the President, Lynda works closely with members of the President’s leadership team; coordinates day-to-day operations and personnel in the Office of the President; manages fiscal accounts and budgets; monitors the flow of information in and out of the office; serves as liaison between the office and internal/external constituencies including the Board of Regents, state and local legislative offices, and community leaders; and, serves as staff liaison to the Cabinet. The chief protocol officer serves as a resource to the campus community on matters of national, international and event protocol. The Office of University Events reports to the Executive Administrator and Chief of Protocol.
Lynda is an honor graduate of Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Sociology. She holds professional certifications in domestic and international protocol from the Protocol School of Washington, the only accredited school of its kind in the U.S. Professional affiliations include the American Council on Education’s National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE) and the Professional Diplomacy International-Protocol Officer Association (PDI-POA). She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Kennesaw State University Chapter of InterVarsity. Honor society memberships include Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Alpha Kappa Gamma Sociology Honor Society. She and her husband, Skip, are active members of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.
Dr. Ron Koger
Special Assistant to the President for Consolidation