Job Description

President of Kennesaw State University
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Presidential Search and Screening Committee invite letters of nomination and applications for the position of President of Kennesaw State University (KSU).

The University
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status and is one the largest R2 institutions in the country. For more information, visit www.kennesaw.edu.

KSU Mission Statement
At Kennesaw State, we serve as a powerful example of the impact a student-centered, research-driven university education can deliver. We help students succeed through exploration, collaboration, and rigor, uniting a diverse spectrum of backgrounds and talents. At KSU, students become the individuals who people want as colleagues and leaders.

KSU Vision Statement
Kennesaw State will exemplify the power and promise of a student-centered, research-driven university. Authentically diverse, uniquely attainable, and endlessly impactful, we will unleash the potential in every student we serve.

KSU Values Statement

  • We are...
    We believe in...
  • Student-inspired
    Fueling aspiration and delivering pathways – enabling students to stretch and strive, embrace a dream, and create actionable plans.
  • Promise-fulfilling
    Being committed and ready – making promises we can keep to fuel opportunity for every student and spark economic growth for the region.
  • True to ourselves
    Staying genuine, guided by honesty, intention, and purpose – no matter how we change, grow, or evolve – never forgetting who we are.
  • Elevational
    Raising trajectory – chasing, creating, pursuing, building.
  • Open
    Embracing the true power of openness – valuing and leveraging diverse perspectives to find better solutions and gain an edge.
  • Impact-generating
    Delivering a difference – impacting individuals and communities for positive change.

For more information about Kennesaw State’s purpose and story, visit www.kennesaw.edu/about.

The University System of Georgia
Kennesaw State University is a part of the University System of Georgia (USG), which is composed of 26 higher education institutions, including four research universities, four comprehensive universities, nine state universities, and nine state colleges, the Georgia Public Library Service, and the Georgia Archives.

Position Overview
The President is the executive head of the institution. Reporting to the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, the President furthers the mission of the University and exercises broad responsibility for the academic, student, financial, philanthropic, and all other dimensions of the institution to promote its development, effectiveness, and efficiency. The President will be a dynamic leader and passionate advocate for the university. The President must have:

  • An earned doctorate or terminal degree;
  • Higher education administration, teaching and research experience at the university level are strongly preferred;
  • A strong articulated vision and demonstrated experience to support the mission of one of the largest R2 universities in the nation;
  • The experience, integrity, and leadership skills, to engage the entire campus community in maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence with a demonstrated focus and commitment to student success and employee engagement;
  • The ability to develop and strengthen community and alumni relations by recognizing the integral role of the community in the university’s success;
  • A recognition of the importance of private fundraising to the long-term financial stability of the University and an understanding of development mission and practices, with a demonstrated ability to obtain resources from both public and private sources;
  • The ability to interact successfully with internal and external constituencies for the purpose of building partnerships and enhancing infrastructure;
  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and multiculturalism, with a proven track record of developing and implementing programs that support an inclusive climate that stimulates excellence;
  • The commitment, entrepreneurial skills and ability to foster growth of the academic enterprise, expanding research opportunities, ensuring quality and competitiveness, as well as its contribution to economic development;
  • A transparent leadership style, demonstrated engagement with shared governance and demonstrated competencies in strategic planning and management, contemporary administrative and organizational concepts and practices, and progressive experience leading a successful, complex institution;
  • Evidence of successful advocacy for higher education and an institution’s particular interests among state and federal legislators;
  • The ability to maintain and strengthen relations with other members of the University System of Georgia including other presidents, the Chancellor, and the Board of Regents;
  • Strong fiscal skills, with a record of budgeting to support strategic objectives, and knowledge of the best practices in managing university finances;
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills including the ability to effectively collaborate and build consensus across multiple constituencies;
  • A personal and professional reputation and integrity that unifies students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community to advance the mission and vision of the university.

Applications and Nominations The Search Committee invites inquiries, nominations and/or applications at KSUPresident@zrgpartners.com.

Applications should include a letter of interest, C.V., including academic experience and university leadership experience and contact information for at least five professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received no later than January 21, 2022.

Inquires or questions may be directed to Ann Yates and John McFarland, the consultants supporting the search at KSUPresident@zrgpartners.com.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007.

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