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. Jerome Ratchford - Vice President for Student Success
Mike Harders - Vice President for University Advancement and Development
Arlethia Perry-Johnson - Vice President for External Affairs
Dr. Flora Devine - University General Counsel & Special Assistant to the President for Legal Affairs
Dr. Erik Malewski - Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Maureen McCarthy - Faculty Executive Assistant to the President
Vaughn 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.
Vice President for Student Success
Dr. Jerome Ratchford is Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Services at Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Kennesaw, Georgia. Prior to this position, Dr. Ratchford was Interim Dean of Student Success and Director of Student Development.
Dr. Ratchford has also held academic and administrative positions at Talladega College, Emory University and Lincoln University (Missouri).
Academically, Dr. Ratchford taught graduate-level educational leadership and curriculum development courses to aspiring principals and career teachers, and a graduate level course on how to work effectively with students who are culturally different to college student personnel professionals.
Dr. Ratchford has had administrative oversight or provided leadership to a number of units to include: Graduate Educational Programs, Department of Education, Lincoln University; Equal Opportunity Program, Emory University; Grants and Contracts, Title III Program, Talladega College; Career Counseling and Placement Services, Student Activities and the Thirteen College Curriculum Program at Talladega College; and Counseling Supervision at Atterbury Job Corps Center. He is an accomplished grants writer having written and received a grant for over $900,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Title III Program at Talladega College, Talladega Alabama. Dr. Ratchford received a B.A. in Education from the University of Kentucky in History and Political Science, a M.S. in Counseling and Guidance from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Bowling Green State University (OH).
Dr. Ratchford has served on innumerable academic and task-oriented committees while at Kennesaw State University. Some notable involvements include: Study Team Member, AASCU Hispanic Student Success Study; Task Force on the Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College; Task Force for a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Concentration in Student Services; Coordinating Committee, SACS Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP); Chancellor’s Task Force on Pre-College Programs for Youth in At-Risk Situations (PREP); and a member of the Steering Committee for the NCAA Division I Self-Study Certification.
The Dr. Jerome Ratchford Award of Excellence was established by the Executive Board of the African American Student Alliance (AASA). Dr. Ratchford, the founder of AASA, was recognized for his leadership and service in promoting pluralism and an Afrocentric presence on Kennesaw State University’s campus.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Ratchford was instrumental in bringing Greek-letter and other premier organizations on campus; obtaining line-item status (a budget) and office space for AASA; diversifying the student representation on the university’s student activities fee allocation committee (SABAC); fostering the Black Alumni Society and the Human Relations Council; founding the Cultural Awareness and Resource Center (CARC); obtaining stipends for AASA executives; removing obstacles that generally stymied the qualify of life for Black faculty, staff and students on KSU’s campus; and, in helping expand the growth in Black enrollment from 231 students in 1987 to 1,772 in 2002 (667% growth), etc. The Dr. Jerome Ratchford Award of Excellence is bestowed on a faculty, staff or student honoree who has exhibited behaviors at KSU that equate with the legacy briefly described above.
Dr Ratchford received Kennesaw State University’s Administrative Service Award in recognition of administrators who go “above and beyond the call of duty, providing invaluable service to the campus community; ” the prestigious Betty L. Siegel Award, named in honor of the nationally recognized former President, Betty L. Siegel. This award “seeks to recognize an individual who exemplifies outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership and service to the Kennesaw State University community.” He has also received a number of other awards which include but are not limited to the following: Administrator of the Year, CEEP/Cobb NAACP Education Award, Cobb NAACP Certificate of Honor for Meritorious Service, Golden Key International Honour Society’s Ford Fellowship for Black Administrative Officers; and, Graduate Fellowship, Department of Educational Administration and Supervision, Bowling Green State University.
Dr. Ratchford holds the following lifetime certificates as issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Teaching (Social Studies, 7-12); School Psychological Examiner (K-12); Secondary Principal; and Superintendent. His memberships include Georgia College Personnel Association, American College Personnel Association, International Mentoring Association, National Association of School Personnel Administrators, and the NAACP
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
Arlethia Perry-Johnson, Vice President for External Affairs, joined Kennesaw State University in October 2006 after serving nearly 12 years as associate vice chancellor for media and publications with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Her current responsibilities at KSU include serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, supervising the University Relations department, and managing the university's legislative, community and public affairs.
Perry-Johnson has enjoyed a 25-year communications career that spans public, investor and media relations, launched after early success in print journalism and commercial and cable television.
Perry-Johnson joined the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in February 1995 as an assistant vice chancellor, charged with building a new public relations operation and with elevating the university system's national profile. Named associate vice chancellor for media and publications in September 2002, she developed and implemented communications strategies that impacted, positioned and marketed the state's 35 public colleges and universities. Among her duties, Perry-Johnson served the Board of Regents as chief spokesperson, working daily with local, regional, national and international media, campus presidents and a wide array of statewide constituents. In addition, she served as project director of the university systemís nationally recognized African-American Male Initiative, aimed at enhancing black male participation in college, which she continues in her role at Kennesaw State.
Perry-Johnson launched her professional communications career as a junior in college, working as a general assignments reporter for the New Pittsburgh Courier. Moving from print to television, she worked as an assistant to the producer for "PM Magazine/Los Angeles" and as a co-anchor for a live cable television public affairs program, "On Cable Tonight," in Memphis, Tenn.
Perry-Johnson joined the public information department at Penn State University Park 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; as 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 was responsible for new operations on the academic and medical campuses.
Perry-Johnson also wrote as a freelance writer, contributing to such publications as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Philadelphia Tribune, Black Issues in Higher Education and other outlets.
A wife and mother, Perry-Johnson also is active in several professional and civic organizations. 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 is a graduate of the 2003-2004 Associates Program of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, based in San Jose, Calif. She also is a graduate of the 1997 Class of Leadership Georgia and is included in the publication "Who's Who in Black Atlanta." Perry-Johnson serves on the executive committee of the Georgia Council on Economic Education and chaired its communications committee for four years. In addition, she serves on the board of directors and the executive committee of Communities In Schools of Georgia. She is a member and former secretary of the board of trustees of Region III of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In 2001, she served as the program co-chair for CASE IIIís regional conference. She is a 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). Perry-Johnson also has been a Georgia network organizer for the Ms. Foundation's "Take Our Daughters To Work Day" event, which she supported upon its inception in 1993.
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.
Maureen McCarthy, PhD
Faculty Executive Assistant to the President
Maureen McCarthy is the third person to hold the post of Faculty Executive Assistant to the President at Kennesaw State University. Dr. McCarthy earned her MS degree in Counseling and PhD in Research and Evaluation from Oklahoma State University. As Professor of Psychology, Dr. McCarthy has taught Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, Ethics and Professional Issues in Applied Psychology, Principles of Psychological Testing, and the Senior Seminar. Dr. McCarthy was recently named the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Professor (2012).
Dr. McCarthy conducts research in the areas of pedagogy, assessment of student learning, and program evaluation. As a member of the APA Education Directorate’s Department Consulting Service, she regularly consults on department program reviews. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications including the American Psychologist article “Quality Benchmarks in Undergraduate Psychology Programs. An extension of this work—Using Quality Benchmarks for Assessing and Developing Undergraduate Programs—was recently released by Jossey-Bass publishers. This volume offers a comprehensive approach to program assessment and evaluation for to help programs and departments in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences use assessment data to improve undergraduate education.
Maureen McCarthy has served in a variety of administrative positions at several universities and recently served as Associate Executive Director for the American Psychological Association’s office of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs. While serving as the Associate Executive Director she successfully obtained a National Science Foundation grant for the Online Psychology Laboratory (DUE –0435058). Along with her textbook – Research Methods and Statistics – this project continues to provide important resources for faculty and students worldwide.
She previously served as President of Division 2, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and is a member of the Division 35 - the Society for the Psychology of Women, and Division 5 – Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics. Dr. McCarthy is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. McCarthy currently serves as a member of the Advanced Placement Psychology Test Development Committee and the Social Studies Academic Advisory Committee for the College Board.
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, Lynda Johnson brings 33 years of experience in higher education. The past 30 have been in the Office of the President at Kennesaw State University. Before coming to KSU, Ms. Johnson spent eight years in the corporate sector, five of which were in the corporate offices of Fuqua Industries Inc. and two years as Administrative Assistant to the Chairman in the North American headquarters of a Swedish-owned engineering company. Previous educational experience included working with the Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, and 18 months at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She attended the University of Texas in Austin, Southern Polytechnic State University, and Kennesaw State University. She holds a B.S. in Sociology from Kennesaw State (magna cum laude). Scholastic memberships include Golden Key National Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Gamma Sociology Honor Society. 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. She is a member of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE) and Professional Diplomacy International-Protocol Officer Association (PDI-POA). She serves on the Advisory Board of the KSU Chapter of InterVarsity. She and her husband, Skip, are active members of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.