Kennesaw State president named among region’s Most Admired CEOs

KENNESAW, Ga. | Dec 11, 2020

Pamela Whitten
Pamela Whitten

Kennesaw State President Pamela Whitten has been named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of Most Admired CEOs. Whitten and the other honorees were recognized at a virtual event on Dec. 10.

The publication’s annual award recognizes Atlanta-based CEOs with a strong record of innovation, outstanding financial performance, and commitment to diversity in the workplace, who have made significant contributions to the metro community.

This year’s honorees are composed of CEOs from 20 industry categories, and Whitten is one of just two named in education.

Whitten became president of Kennesaw State in 2018, and since that time the University has experienced record-breaking enrollment. This fall, the University welcomed more than 41,000 undergraduate and graduate students, making it the second-largest higher education institution in the state.

As president, she has made improving the student education and experience her top priority, by expanding engaged learning opportunities, initiating new faculty and advisor hirings, and raising funds for student scholarships. Over the past 12 months, the University has received three multi-million dollar gifts to benefit students.

During her tenure, KSU also achieved an R2 (research) designation, placing it among the top 6 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. classified as R1 or R2.

Whitten also was recently named to Atlanta Magazine’s Atlanta 500 as a prominent influencer in the education field. The Atlanta 500 honors the most influential people in the Atlanta area.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 43,000 students. Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia with 11 academic colleges. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit