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Houston Davis Named Interim President of Kennesaw State University

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ATLANTA - (May 26) - University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby has named Dr. Houston Davis interim president of Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Georgia.
 
Davis has served as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University System of Georgia since May 2012. He will assume his role on July 1 replacing Dr. Daniel Papp who is retiring as of June 30.
 
“Kennesaw State is a vital part of the University System and plays a crucial role in educating students from across the state of Georgia,” said Huckaby. “Sending our chief academic officer to lead KSU will ensure that it continues to thrive as we plan the next phase of the new KSU."
 
“I am honored to serve Kennesaw State,” said Davis. “Students are increasingly turning to KSU because of its commitment to academic excellence, innovation and global engagement. We want to build on the excellent foundation that is in place and ensure that momentum is maintained.”
 
As executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, Davis oversees all matters related to academics and students. He leads the division of academic affairs that encompasses academic programs and policy, tenure and promotion, faculty development, intercollegiate athletics, distance education, academic and public libraries, teacher preparation, accreditation and other areas.
 
His previous positions have included serving as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, project director and principal investigator for the National Educational Needs Index Project, and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents.
 
Davis was also a faculty member and administrator at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., in addition to positions with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the University of Memphis in Tennessee.
 
Davis earned a doctor of philosophy in education and human development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., a master’s degree in education administration from Tennessee State University in Nashville and a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Memphis.
 
He and his wife, Jenny, have three children and reside in Roswell, Ga.
 
Information regarding a formal presidential search will be announced at a later date.
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Nicole Junker, Kelly Dumont named Clendenin Scholars

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Two students receive annual scholarship for graduate studies at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 24, 2016) — Two Kennesaw State University students – one who aspires to end human trafficking and one who plans to help people in coping with grief – are receiving scholarships toward their altruistic career pursuits.

Nicole Junker, a Ph.D. student in international conflict management, and Kelly Dumont, a student in the Master of Social Work program, are this year’s Clendenin Scholars. The Clendenin Scholars Program awards up to $20,000 a year to high-achieving students pursuing graduate degrees at Kennesaw State.

Junker (left, in photo) completed research on human trafficking in the Republic of Moldova for her master’s thesis and currently is researching the media impact on trafficking survivors returning from Islamic State-captivity in Iraqi Kurdistan. Her dissertation addresses the importance of creating an adaptable model for the rehabilitation of sex-trafficking victims throughout the world.

Prior to joining the INCM program and becoming a graduate research assistant to professor Debarati Sen, Junker served as the communications specialist for the Access to Justice Program in Iraq and as the communications director for the Identity Theft Resource Center. She has volunteered for nearly a decade with the International Visitor Leadership Program, teaching international delegates how to create communications products involving survivors of gender-based and sexual violence and working with domestic-trafficking survivors in rehabilitation.

Dumont (right, in photo) works as a graduate research assistant at Kennesaw State and is a member of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, National Association of Social Workers and Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. While a student at Wake Forest University, Dumont founded a chapter of Actively Moving Forward, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting college students who are grieving a loved one’s illness or death.

Dumont focuses her research on the psychosocial impacts chronic illness has on individuals and families. She plans to pursue a career in medical social work, with particular interests in care coordination, community health outreach and education, and grief and bereavement counseling.

Junker will be awarded $20,000 to pursue her doctorate, while Dumont will receive $15,000 as the Clendenin Scholars master’s recipient. Both also will receive full graduate tuition waivers.

Junker, Dumont, previous scholarship recipients and the Clendenin family will be honored at a reception in the fall. A total of 40 students have received scholarships through the initiative, originally known as the Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program when it was established in 2008 with a $1 million endowment from the Clendenin family.

For more information about the Clendenin Scholars Program, visit www.kennesaw.edu/clendenin.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

 

— Paul Floeckher

Electric Vehicle Team finishes first in nation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Kennesaw State's electric vehicle team races to first place finish at national competition

Team’s electric go-kart beats 20 others to finish first at GrandPrix

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 23, 2016) — Kennesaw State University’s Electric Vehicle Team rose to victory on the racetrack last week as the winner of the International evGrandPrix, an intercollegiate competition of electric-powered go-karts.

Kennesaw State’s team, a part of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, raced past 20 other electric go-karts from colleges and universities across North America to take the top spot in the all-electric series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sponsored by Purdue University and the United States Auto Club (USAC), the annual race drew teams such as the University of Oklahoma, Northwestern University and the University of Windsor in Canada.  In addition to race performance, the evGrandPrix scoring is based on energy efficiency and engineering design of the lightweight vehicles.

The Kennesaw State team, founded in 2013, has been competing in the annual evGrandPrix for four years, earning sixth and eighth place in previous years. The team won this year’s race with driver Gabriel Capo, a mechanical engineering technology student.

“Race day was a roller coaster of emotions,” said Tyler Rowan, the electrical design team lead for KSU’s team. “The vehicles race at speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour on the straightaways, and although we watched other teams crash, we had a phenomenal driver who had prior racing experience.”   

Twelve of the team’s nearly 45 members traveled to Indianapolis for the race. To develop and field their competitive electric vehicle, the team obtained funding support from the University’s alumni, Student Government Association and external sponsors.

In addition to the go-kart, the team has also developed a full-size electric vehicle, which will compete in the Formula SAE electric vehicle competition in Lincoln, Nebraska in June.

 

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

Brian Bohannon inducted into Griffin-Spalding Hall of Fame

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Owls' head coach joins his father in their hometown's hall of fame

KENNESAW, Ga. — Kennesaw State head football coach Brian Bohannon was inducted Saturday into the Griffin-Spalding Athletic Hall of Fame. The Owls' second-year coach joined five others in the 2016 induction class. 

A native of Griffin and a standout on the gridiron for Griffin High School in the 1980s, Bohannon later starred as a wide receiver at the University of Georgia. He played his high school football for a coaching legend, his father, Lloyd, who was enshrined to the Griffin-Spalding Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
 
"This is an honor for me to be inducted to the Griffin-Spalding Hall of Fame, and truly special to join my father," said Bohannon. "I grew up here and have enjoyed so many great memories. Griffin will always hold a special place for me and my family. I thank the committee and congratulate all of the other deserving inductees."
 
The 2016 Griffin-Spalding Hall of Fame class also includes Susan Wilder (Special Olympics), Carlton English (baseball), Patricia-Anne Upson (soccer), Homer Gibbins (boxing) and Monty Roberts (football/track).
 
Bohannon took the reins of the upstart KSU football program in 2013, coming to The Nest with 17 years of college football coaching experience. He began his career as an assistant at Gardner-Webb, spent five years on the staff at Georgia Southern, six at Navy and five at Georgia Tech.

The Owls went 6-5 in their inaugural season under Bohannon, including a 5-1 record at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, which was sold out for all six home games.

Kennesaw State opens its 2016 campaign on September 3 against East Tennessee State at home.

Keep up with Kennesaw State Athletics by following KSU on Twitter @KSUOwlNation and or by liking Kennesaw State Owls on Facebook. You also can follow Kennesaw State Football at @KennesawSTFB and The Owls Fund on Twitter at @TheOwlsFund.

President Daniel S. Papp announces retirement

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KENNESAW, Ga. (May 11, 2016) -- Last night, in a letter to the campus community, Dr. Daniel S. Papp announced his retirement from his position as president of Kennesaw State University, effective June 30. 

 

Click here to read Dr. Papp's announcement.

 

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Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to sponsor part-time faculty conference

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Adjunct professors to convene for national conference in Atlanta

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 5, 2016) — Part-time faculty from colleges and universities across the nation will gather in Atlanta this June for the Symposium for Part-time, Adjunct and Contingent Education (SPACE), the first conference targeted specifically to the teaching and scholarship of adjunct faculty.

The one-day conference, sponsored by Kennesaw State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, is designed to give faculty who teach part-time the opportunity to present their teaching innovations as well as their original scholarship or creative activity to their peers.

According to U.S. Department of Education, part-time faculty make up the majority of the academic workforce, with more than 1.3 million part-time and contingent faculty teaching in U.S. higher education today. More than half of all instructors in higher education today teach part-time or on a limited term contract.

“While Kennesaw State has committed significant resources to part-time faculty, nationally low pay and few benefits continue to be a problem for adjuncts,” said Mandy McGrew, a faculty fellow for part-time faculty support and a part-time instructor in American Studies at Kennesaw State. “Often, non-tenure-track faculty members lack opportunity to attend conferences, present their research and talk about teaching.” 

The inaugural conference will provide faculty development training and opportunities to network with other contingent educators, as well as highlight the work that part-time faculty are doing both inside and outside of the classroom.

To emphasize the role of adjunct faculty beyond classroom teaching, conference participants are able to share their work in discipline-specific presentations on academic research, scholarly papers, creative projects and studies, in a peer-reviewed, professional setting.

McGrew, who organized the conference, is an advocate for part-time and contingent faculty, and wants to see adjunct faculty have the same opportunities for professional growth as their full-time colleagues.

“This is a chance to spotlight their achievements to the world, especially as some of them prepare for full-time academic employment,” said McGrew.

The keynote address, “Expanding the Scholarly Conversation on the New Faculty Majority and Contingent Faculty Work,” will be delivered by Kennesaw State associate professor of English Letizia Guglielmo and Georgia State professor and chair of English Lynee Lewis-Gaillet, who have recently published a book on contingent faculty opportunities.

The conference will be held June 18 at the Crown Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta, and is open to all non-permanent faculty members from any higher education institution. For more information or to register, visit http://spaceducators.com

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

 

Rita Bailey named dean of Kennesaw State Honors College

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Illinois State assistant provost will bring experience in honors, international studies programs

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 4, 2016) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Rita Bailey as dean of the Honors College, effective July 1.

Bailey currently is assistant provost for the Office of International Studies and Programs, the English Language Institute and the Honors Program at Illinois State University. Along with managing those programs, she serves as provost liaison to the University Curriculum Committee and assists with faculty/staff and student diversity initiatives.

“Rita Bailey’s leadership experience and distinguished scholarship will help advance the Honors College into national and international spotlights,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State. “Dr. Bailey is an accomplished researcher, devoted teacher and impressive leader who is deeply dedicated to students and faculty and committed to the continued progress and growth of the College.”

Bailey was selected as dean after a nationwide search chaired by Jon Preston, KSU’s faculty executive assistant to the president. During the search, Becky Rutherfoord served as interim dean, and she will return to the College of Computing and Software Engineering faculty.

Prior to her academic roles, Bailey worked as a hospital- and school-based speech-language pathologist, a pediatric dysphagia specialist, hospital administrator and special-education administrator and consultant in multiple educational settings. She joined the faculty at Illinois State in 2002 and rose to administrative posts of increasing responsibility over the past 14 years.

Bailey serves on Illinois State’s Inclusive Community Response Team, the University Accreditation Team and Reaccreditation Task Force, and the Student Behavior Intervention Team. She also coordinates the activities of the Administrator-in-Residence program and oversees the International Strategic Plan Implementation Team.

“I am thrilled to be joining Kennesaw State University,” Bailey said. “After visiting campus and meeting with faculty, staff, administration and students, I realized that this is indeed a very special place. KSU is an institution that is clearly on the rise, and I am looking forward to making a positive contribution to the University and its students as dean of the Honors College.”

Bailey is an accomplished grant writer, as 25 of the grant proposals she has written or contributed to have been awarded a total of $941,000 in funding for higher education initiatives. She also has authored or co-authored nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and other published materials.

Bailey earned an Ed.D. in special education, her third degree from Illinois State University following her master’s degree in speech pathology and bachelor’s degree in speech pathology/audiology.

Kennesaw State’s Honors College provides a community within the University to academically talented, highly motivated students who enjoy lively discussion, creative expression and intellectual challenge. The program offers small honors sections of core courses and interdisciplinary honors seminars, where students focus on deep understanding within an innovative curriculum.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

 

— Paul Floeckher

Professors recognized for teaching excellence by University System of Georgia

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Margaret Baldwin and Vanessa Slinger-Friedman among six recognized at 12th annual gala
 
KENNESAW, Ga. (May 3, 2016) — Two Kennesaw State University professors were among six University System of Georgia faculty members honored as the 2016 recipients of the Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award, during the annual Regents’ Scholarship Gala on April 29, at the St. Regis Hotel Atlanta.
 
Margaret Baldwin, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, won the 2016 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for Regional and State Universities. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman, associate professor of geography in the Department of Geography and Anthropology, won the 2016 Regents’ Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which refers to the presentation and publication of research findings on the art and science of teaching or pedagogy.
 
“These awards are a great honor for the professors and Kennesaw State University,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Kennesaw State faculty have a long history of being recognized by the Board of Regents for excellence in teaching and for the scholarship of teaching and learning.”
 
Baldwin earned a master’s of fine arts in theatre arts (playwriting) from the University of Iowa. A native of Atlanta, she has produced her plays and ensemble theatre works throughout the U.S., including her most recent play, “Night Blooms,” which received its world premiere at Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta, in 2010. Other recent works, including “Monkey King” were commissioned and produced by the KSU Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance. Funded in part by the Coca-Cola Foundation, “Monkey King,” ad adaption of Chinese folktales, traveled to China for a festival at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Several KSU dancers flew to Shanghai for the performance.

“I am honored and thrilled to receive this award and to see this testament to the power of theatre, and the arts in general, as sites for engaged and embodied learning,” she said. “In the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, and across the College of the Arts, we routinely employ teaching practices seen as essential to prepare students for successful work and civic life beyond college: hands-on learning, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, global perspectives and community engagement.”

Baldwin said the award is also meaningful to her personally because its namesake, Felton Jenkins Jr., was a close family friend.

“It’s especially gratifying to be honored as part of his legacy,” she said.

Slinger-Friedman obtained her M.A. in Latin American Studies and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Florida. Her work has included a World Bank sponsored study in Mexico and El Salvador of Vetiver grass technology for soil erosion control, the use of an agroforestry system for Amazonian urban resettlement in Acre, Brazil, and the use of ecotourism on Dominica, W.I., for economic development and nature preservation. Her other research interests include innovative pedagogy in geography and online teaching.

“I am extremely excited and honored to have received the 2016 Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award from The Board of Regent’s,” she said. “It was a proud moment for me to represent my department and Kennesaw State University at the Regents’ Scholarship Gala. This award recognizes a portion of my work at KSU over the past 15 years, and I share the award with my research and publishing co-collaborators.”  

The 12th annual Regents’ Scholarship Gala raised more than $1.3 million to promote, support and provide need-based scholarships for students at the University System of Georgia’s 29 institutions.

Previous Kennesaw State professors receiving top teaching honors include psychology professor Pam Marek (2014);Tom Pusateri associate director of Kennesaw State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and a professor of psychology (2011), Sabine Smith, an associate professor of German (2011); Karen Robinson, theater and performance studies (2010); Matthew Laposata, environmental science (2009); Mary Garner, mathematics and math education (2008); and Randolph Smith, psychology (2007).
 
 
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

Kennesaw State’s Commencement will graduate almost 3,000 students

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Spring Commencement will be held at the Kennesaw Campus on May 10 and 11

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 2, 2016) — Kennesaw State University, which was recently classified as a Carnegie doctoral research institution, will hold five graduation ceremonies in the KSU Convocation Center on the Kennesaw Campus, beginning with Commencement on Tuesday, May 10, at 10 a.m. Almost 3,000 students will graduate on May 10 and 11. The University, the 45th largest public university in the country, graduates approximately 5,600 students each year during fall, spring and summer commencements. 

MAY 10, COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE:

Speaker: Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State

Michael J. Coles College of Business and College of Science and Mathematics – 10 a.m.

Brian Kemp has been Georgia Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible and fair elections, the registration of corporations, the oversight and regulation of securities and the administration of professional license holders. He served in the Georgia State Senate from 2002 to 2006. Kemp served in committee leadership roles, including Chair of Public Safety & Homeland Security and Vice-Chair of Higher Education. He is the owner of Kemp Properties, a small business specializing in real estate investments and property management. Kemp earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Georgia.

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Speaker: Thomas Currin, dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Kennesaw State University

College of Architecture and Construction Management, College of Computing and Software Engineering, and Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology – 3 p.m.

With more than 40 years of consulting and teaching expertise, Currin’s career has included the analysis and design of numerous transportation projects throughout the east coast. After completing his undergraduate civil engineering degree at University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth in 1972, Currin served in the United States Army. He earned a Master of Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University – Raleigh and then obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering specializing in traffic engineering from the University of Connecticut. While teaching, Currin has served as an evaluator and commissioner of ABET, the primary accreditation agency for engineering in the United States.

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Speaker: Belle Wheelan, president, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Graduate College – 7 p.m.

Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, is the first African-American and the first woman in this capacity. Her 40-year career includes the roles of faculty member, college president and Secretary of Education. Wheelan received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Texas (1972) with a double major in psychology and sociology; her master’s degree from Louisiana State University (1974) in developmental educational psychology; and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (1984) in educational administration with a special concentration in community college leadership.

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MAY 11, COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE:

Speaker: Kim Menefee, senior vice president, WellStar Health System

College of the Arts, Leland and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education, WellStar College of Health and Human Services, and University College – 10 a.m.

Kim Menefee is senior vice president of Strategic Community Development for WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia and one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the Southeast. In her more than 20-year career at WellStar, she has served in a variety of leadership capacities, leading brand development and marketing initiatives, lobbying and government relations efforts, community programming, development of a customer service initiative and physician liaison team. She is an active community leader and past Chair of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Menefee received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

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Speaker: Rep. Ed Setzler, Georgia General Assembly

College of Humanities and Social Sciences – 3 p.m.

Rep. Ed Setzler has served northwest Cobb County in the Georgia House of Representatives since 2005. Setzler serves as the chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology and is a member of the Judiciary Noncivil, Education, Transportation, Appropriations, and Rules Committees. He served from 2011-2013 as the chairman of the 19-member Cobb legislative delegation and has served as a subcommittee chairman on the Judiciary Noncivil Committee since 2011. Setzler serves on the advisory committee for Kennesaw State’s Department of Political Science. A graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, he earned a B.S. in physics from Furman University in 1992 and served as a U.S. Army officer for nine years.

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Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Ga., 30144

For directions and campus map: http://www.kennesaw.edu/commencement/visit/directions.php.

For more information, please go to http://www.kennesaw.edu/commencement/.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 

                                                                              

                                                                             

 

                                                                              

 

Kennesaw State University develops first incubator company

Kennesaw State University’s Jonathan McMurry, associate vice president for research, is a co-founder of New Echota Biotechnology

New Echota Biotechnology the newest startup for innovative biotech research

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 29, 2016) —New Echota Biotechnology, Kennesaw State University’s first incubator company, is the brainchild of Kennesaw State University faculty and is supported by the KSU Research and Service Foundation Inc. (KSURSF). It is developing new technology that could prove helpful in the fight against cancer and other diseases.

Kennesaw State’s Jonathan McMurry, associate vice president for research, is a co-founder of New Echota Biotechnology, which has filed for several patents related to a research project to develop novel cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) capable of carrying other molecular ‘cargos’ into living cells.

“New Echota may be the first company, but we’re certainly not the last,” said McMurry. “The coming years will increasingly see KSU-developed technologies contribute to economic development and the betterment of humanity.”

McMurry’s research team, composed of KSU faculty and students, developed CPPs that could lead to new medical treatments ranging from improving cosmetic procedures to helping fight cancer.

A professor of biochemistry and the former associate dean for research in the College of Science and Mathematics, McMurry is an accomplished and federally funded researcher, with grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also mentors colleagues in the task of applying for grants. As the AVP for Research, McMurry uses his experience to grow KSU's research community, as well as its intellectual property portfolio.

“Universities are increasingly serving as platforms for startups,” said McMurry. “Although many people may not think of Kennesaw State as a ‘research university,’ there is a surprisingly vibrant and growing research culture here.”

Kennesaw State is ranked as a doctoral research institution with moderate research activity — designated “R3” — in The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning 2015 update. The University was previously classified among larger Master’s Colleges and Universities or “M1” institutions.

McMurry credited KSURSF with supporting the initial steps in forming the company and helping to secure patents. KSURSF, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation, serves Kennesaw State as a University System of Georgia-approved cooperative organization. McMurry said he hopes other Kennesaw State faculty and students will follow his company’s lead and work with KSURSF to develop their intellectual properties and take steps to commercialize them.

New Echota receives grant funding from the NIH Small Business Innovation Research program. The Georgia Research Alliance has also supported development of the business through their GRA Ventures Fund.

The late John Salerno, who was the Neel Distinguished Chair of Biotechnology at Kennesaw State prior to his death this past December, was a co-founder of New Echota.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 

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