Kennesaw State president honored for public service by Cobb Chamber

KENNESAW, Ga. | Feb 2, 2023

Kennesaw State University President Kathy Schwaig was recently presented with the Mack Henderson Public Service Award by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce for her efforts to make the community a better place.

Kathy Schwaig and Britt Fleck
Kathy Schwaig and Britt Fleck

“Under her leadership, Kennesaw State University is helping students find their passion and purpose to experience success,” Cobb Chamber leaders wrote about Schwaig following the organization’s 81st Annual Dinner on Jan. 28. “She has placed focused attention on enrollment growth, the University’s research infrastructure, and engaging first-year students. Dr. Schwaig also relaunched a business incubator. HatchBridge welcomes innovators from throughout the community and offers access to courses, funding opportunities, mentors, office space, and networking all tailored to start-ups.”

Schwaig accepted the award from Britt Fleck, immediate past chair of the Chamber’s board of directors.

“Kennesaw State and the Cobb County community are a symbiotic success story, contributing collectively to making this a great place to live and work for all of us,” Schwaig said. “I’m grateful and humbled to receive this award named for one of Cobb’s great public servants, and I share it with everyone in the KSU family.”

Schwaig has served Kennesaw State for more than 20 years, beginning on the faculty and then serving in several leadership roles before being named president in March 2022.

Henderson was a beloved and longtime Cobb County business and civic leader, who had served as chair of the Kennesaw State University Foundation among many roles during decades of public service. Henderson passed away last summer at the age of 94. 

The award was among several presented at the dinner before an audience of 1,100 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 45,000 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