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Statement regarding Kennesaw State University academic advisor

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KENNESAW, Ga(May 15, 2015) Kennesaw State University officials have placed an academic advisor on administrative leave pending a comprehensive investigation.
 
The investigation follows a student complaint against Abby Dawson, director of advising and internships in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management. The complaint stemmed from an interaction the student had with Ms. Dawson on May 13, which was documented by the student and distributed via social media.
 
According to University officials, the investigation is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.
 
“Kennesaw State is dedicated to providing a positive academic experience for all students,” said Ken Harmon, Kennesaw State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We also have a responsibility to provide all students, faculty and staff with a fair and thorough review process.”
 
 
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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 University new faculty executive assistant to the president named

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Software Engineering and Game Development Chair Jon Preston to serve in cabinet-level post

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 14, 2015) —Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has selected Jon Preston to serve as faculty executive assistant to the president, starting July 1. The cabinet post is a three-year term reporting directly to the president.

The faculty executive assistant to the president provides executive support by acting as a key presidential liaison to a wide variety of constituents inside and outside the university, by providing feedback and advice to the president on a wide variety of issues, and by undertaking special projects as assigned by the president.

Preston, chair of the Software Engineering and Game Development department and a professor of gaming, succeeds Maureen McCarthy, professor of psychology, who began her cabinet-level duties on July 1, 2012. Preston has served seven years on the computer science faculty at Southern Polytechnic State University, which consolidated with Kennesaw State University in January 2015.

“Jon offers a unique perspective to this role having served as a faculty member at both Southern Polytechnic and Kennesaw State, which will serve us well as we continue to consolidate our two campuses,” said Papp. “As I welcome and look forward to working with him, I want to thank Maureen McCarthy for her service as well as her wisdom and commitment to collaboration throughout the past three years.” 

Preston, who earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State University, is the founder and coordinator for Kennesaw State’s Center of Applied Gaming and Media Arts and coordinator of the University’s Computer Game Design and Development program. He has taught computing for more than 20 years and game development courses during the past 10 years.

He has received National Science Foundation funding and participated in games-for-learning and community-building grants to enhance STEM education. Preston has served on the Cobb Education Consortium and the USG Executive Leadership Institute, and was named a 2015 Global Game Jam Inaugural VIP Scholar for his work with students and faculty by the International Game Developers Association.

Previously, Preston served as associate professor at Clayton State University and taught computer science at Georgia Tech. He currently serves on the Georgia Game Developers Association.  

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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. 

Papp focuses on strategies for the "New U" in annual “State of the University” address

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Looking forward to the Kennesaw State University of 2025

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KENNESAW, Ga.(May 7, 2015)— In his annual "State of the University” (SOTU) address this week, Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp praised the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other friends and supporters of the university for the great work that led to the successful consolidation of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University, and provided a vision of what Kennesaw State could be in 2025.  “KSU’s future,” he said, “is incredibly bright.”

Papp also informed the campus community that much hard work lies ahead to achieve this bright future.  “Those of us who were hoping for a period of peace and quiet will be disappointed,” Papp said. 

The president delivered his annual SOTU address four times this week, to audiences on both the Marietta and Kennesaw campuses of the University, culminating with this morning's address to the campus-wide "All Board's Day" event. Today’s event – which is also held yearly -- was attended by nearly 200 persons who volunteer their time and talent to the University on a wide variety of advisory boards and steering committees.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia announced in November 2013 that Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University would be consolidated. According to Papp, while the past 18 months have brought a lot of change, they also have paved the way for the future.

“Indeed, we are at a new beginning for our ‘New U,’” Papp said. “We have the ability to create a future that is incredibly bright, for all of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and the many communities of which this university is a part.”

Papp outlined the goals and objectives of the consolidation, which include redirecting additional funds toward instruction, educational, and student support; improving student retention, progression and graduation rates; and expanding research.

“While we will remain focused primarily on undergraduate education, our emphasis on master’s degrees and doctoral programs – including Ph.D. programs – will be expanded,” said Papp. “We also will increase our emphasis on research, including efforts to attract external funding.”

But as the University’s new mission is embraced and new milestones are achieved, there is still significant work to be done.  According to Papp, during the next two-and-a-half years, University officials must complete the following imperatives:

  • Submit a “Substantive Change Report” to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC);
  • Host a SACSCOC Substantive Change Visiting Team in early September for an on-site visit to assess the status of the consolidation’s implementation efforts;
  • Submit the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan to the Regents;
  • Develop and submit a once-every-10-years “Reaffirmation of Accreditation Study to SACSCOC; and
  • Identify and initiate a new SACS-required Quality Enhancement Plan.

To illuminate the rapid transformations that both Kennesaw State and the former Southern Polytechnic State are undergoing, Papp noted several key contrasts between the KSU and SPSU of 10 years ago and today – and prompted attendees to consider how the University might evolve in the next 10 years. He noted that creating the Kennesaw State of 2025 will require a combination of five crucial elements:  visioning, planning, funding, branding and working together.

“The Regents have already provided us guidance toward the vision of what we can become by designating us a comprehensive university,” said Papp, who explained that with that designation comes the commitment to making Kennesaw State a “world-class institution.”

As for strategic planning, Papp introduced several new members of the leadership team who will play an integral role in helping shape the “New U,” including Charles Ross, who on July 1 will become the University’s first vice president for economic development and community engagement.  “Charles will help assure that KSU focuses on two key parts of the University System of Georgia’s strategic imperatives, driving economic development and building community partnerships,” Papp said.

Funding was another area the president emphasized, noting that one of the expectations of the consolidation was the redirection of funds away from administration and back-office functions, and directing them toward instruction, education, student support and research. While the figures are not final, Papp estimated that between $4 million and $5 million, possibly more, would be redirected toward those purposes.

The president also was clear that the redirected funds were only part of the funding equation. “It is a statement of the obvious that the third parameter mentioned, funding, is critical for our future, and it must come from a variety of sources, from the state, external research funds, gifts and donations,” he said. “Which is why we will be working on a feasibility study to assess our strengths toward launching a campaign targeted on student scholarships and support, faculty and staff development and support, infrastructure and other critical needs.”

Papp also noted the critical role that branding has on the University’s future.  “If we do a good job branding KSU, all of our other tasks will be much easier to accomplish. Put simply, we need to craft a message about Kennesaw State that those in the outside world understand, accept, and appreciate."

He closed his speech by talking about the possibilities that can be achieved by working as a team.  “As we continue to work together today to create a single university, and look forward to what we can make this university be in 10 years, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from a 16th century Italian you may have heard of, Michelangelo,” Papp said. “The greatest danger for most is not that our aim is too high and miss it, but that our aim is too low and we achieve it.’ Let us set our aim high for the next 10 years for Kennesaw State University, and let us work hard and together to achieve it.”

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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 names new senior vice provost for academic affairs

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John Omachonu will help guide academic strategy for consolidated university
 
KENNESAW, Ga. (May 1, 2015) — Following a national search, Kennesaw State University has named John Omachonu, a longtime higher education administrator, as its new senior vice provost — a role vital to the institution’s post-consolidation growth and transition.
 
Omachonu, who currently serves as vice provost for academic affairs and chief diversity officer at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), will begin his duties at Kennesaw State on July 1. He is filling a position left vacant by Teresa Joyce, who accepted a position at the University System of Georgia central office.
 
As senior vice provost at Kennesaw State, Omachonu will assist the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, W. Ken Harmon, and work in close collaboration with the associate and assistant vice presidents in the Office ofAcademicAffairs.
 
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Omachonu as a key member of the administrative team that will be responsible for executing academic strategy in the wake of Kennesaw State’s recent designation as a comprehensive university and its consolidation with Southern Polytechnic State University,” Harmon said. “We will need his experience, skill, vision and energy to move towards becoming the world-class institution we envision.”
 
Prior to his current position at MTSU, Omachonu served as interim dean and associate dean of the College of Mass Communication. He also has held administrative positions at William Paterson University and Fort Valley State University, as well as faculty positions at Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University. Omachonu is a past fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) and a widely published scholar. He received his B.S. in psychology/zoology, his M.A. in mass communication, and his Ph.D. in mass communication from Howard University.
 
Omachonu was selected following a national search conducted by an interdisciplinary search committee, chaired by Ron Matson, associate vice president for faculty and professor of biology.
 
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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 Center for Sustainable Journalism receives Conrad N. Hilton Foundation grant

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$250,000 award will support coverage of substance use prevention and foster care issues

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 6, 2015) — The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded the Center for Sustainable Journalism (CSJ) at Kennesaw State University $250,000 to help increase awareness about substance use prevention and early intervention and foster care in its youth-oriented public affairs publications.

Reflecting two of Hilton Foundation’s funding priorities, the grant will fund the CSJ’s production of stories and videos about youth affected by substance use and those who are transitioning out of foster care. The Center will share the stories on its Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) and Youth Today, an online and print magazine targeted to the youth services industry. 

“We are extremely grateful to the Hilton Foundation for this opportunity,” said Leonard Witt, CSJ executive director, professor and the RobertD. Fowler Distinguished Chair of Communication. “The grant will allow us to use our expertise, audience base and partner networks to develop compelling content that will focus attention on prevention and the high individual and societal costs of youth substance use, and the many issues confronted by older youth in the foster care system.”

During the one-year project, CSJ will produce a series of videos featuring affected youth, in-depth solution-oriented journalistic reports and multimedia packages, and expert commentary. The content, which will be disseminated regionally and nationally, initially will focus on foster youth issues in New York City and Los Angeles and on substance use nationally.

“We’re beginning the project in a geographic area that promises a large return on reporting investment with regard to these issues, but ultimately, the objective is to expand the awareness and prevention/early intervention focus in at least 30 targeted states within the next five years,” Witt said.

Under the grant, CSJ plans to begin production of videos in May, and begin posting them on Youth Today and JJIE periodically from August through April 2016. It will also produce national and regional solution-oriented articles and solicit commentary, op-ed or personal experience pieces on the issues of substance use prevention and transition-age youth in the foster care system from policymakers, practitioners, advocates, experts, youth and the general public.

“Substance use disorders and prevention and older youth in the foster care system are two woefully neglected areas of coverage in the mainstream media,” Witt concluded. “We’ve invested a great deal in JJIE and Youth Today, and I’m confident our staff and affiliates will deliver high-quality reporting and editing that present these complex issues in easily understood news, information video and commentary.”  

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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. 

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world's disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton's support for the work of Catholic Sisters. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants, distributing $100 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2014. The Foundation's current assets are approximately $2.5 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.

Award-winning director, hospitality leader to speak at Kennesaw State University Commencement

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Kenny Leon and Michael Leven will address graduates at Convocation Center ceremonies May 13-14

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 5, 2015) — More than 2,200 students will participate in Kennesaw State University’s four spring Commencement ceremonies at the Convocation Center on May 13 and 14. Hospitality leader Michael Leven, the chairman and chief executive officer of Georgia Aquarium, will address students during the May 13 afternoon ceremony. Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director Kenny Leon will speak during the morning commencement on May 14. Other speakers are Cobb County School District Superintendent Chris Ragsdale and Honors College Dean Ralph Rascati.

WHO/WHEN:

Commencement schedule:

Michael J. Coles College of Business and the College of Science and Mathematics – May 13, 2 p.m.

Speaker: Michael Leven

Michael Leven is the chairman and chief executive officer of Georgia Aquarium. Kennesaw State University’s Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality was named in his honor. He has also served as the president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands LLC. Leven was previously the chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc.

Leven is a native of Boston, Mass., and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a Master of Science from Boston University. He also holds honorary doctorates from The Johnson & Wales University and College of Hospitality and Tourism Management of Niagara University.

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Graduate College – May 13, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Chris Ragsdale

Chris Ragsdale is superintendent for the Cobb County School District, the second largest public school system in Georgia with an enrollment exceeding 111,000 students. Ragsdale has more than two decades of experience in school operations and information technology. He previously served the district as deputy superintendent for operations from 2011-2014 and chief technology officer. He has also been responsible for overseeing capital projects funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Ragsdale holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Kennesaw State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from Shorter University in Rome.

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Bagwell College of Education, College of the Arts, WellStar College of Health and Human Services,

and University College – May 14, 10 a.m.

Speaker: Kenny Leon

Kenny Leon is a Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director, whose work includes In My Dreams for ABC TV, The Watsons go to Birmingham for the Hallmark Channel, and the Sony and Lifetime Television adaptation of Steel Magnolias. His Broadway credits include Holler if Ya Hear Me; the 2014 and 2004 Tony Award-winning (Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival) revivals of A Raisin in the Sun; and the 2010 revival of August Wilson’s Fences, which won three awards, including Best Revival.

Leon is the Artistic Director of True Colors Theatre in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and is an honorary Ph.D. recipient of Clark Atlanta and Roosevelt universities.

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences – May 14, 3 p.m.

Speaker: Ralph Rascati

Ralph Rascati, who is retiring in July, came to Kennesaw College in 1985 as associate professor of biology, where he was one of the first to promote undergraduate research. In 1997, he became chair of the Department of Biology and Physics and served in that role until 2002, when he became associate vice president for academic affairs. In 2006, he added the position of dean of University College and served in that capacity until January 2014, when he became founding dean of the Honors College.

Rascati earned a B.S. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts.

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WHERE:

Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Ga., 30144. For more information, please go to http://www.kennesaw.edu/commencement/.

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

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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.                          

 

New dean named for Kennesaw State’s College of Computing and Software Engineering

E.K. Park, Dean of Computing and Software Engineering

E.K. Park will bring 26 years of leadership, research and teaching expertise to Marietta Campus

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 1, 2015) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Eun (E.K.) Park as dean of the College of Computing and Software Engineering, effective July 1.

Park is currently the vice provost of research and dean of graduate studies at the California State University, Chico, where he oversees the university’s Research Office and Sponsored Programs Office.  He also is a professor in the university’s Department of Computer Science.

“We are thrilled to welcome E.K. Park as our newest dean at Kennesaw State. His leadership experience and distinguished scholarship will help advance the College of Computing and Software Engineering in significant ways,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State. “An accomplished researcher, devoted teacher and impressive leader, E.K. is deeply dedicated to students and faculty, and he will continue to build on the progress and growth of the College.”

Park was selected as dean after a nationwide search chaired by Charles Amlaner, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College. During the search, Becky Rutherfoord served as interim dean and will return to the College of Computing and Software Engineering faculty.

Along with his leadership roles, Park has spent more than 26 years as a researcher and teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge from various leadership positions at City University of New York, National Science Foundation, University of Missouri at Kansas City, the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Research Center. His corporate experience includes Korean Air and Korea Times.

Park is the founder of the Conference on Information and Knowledge Management and the International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, both top-ranked flagship international conferences that transform and stimulate research, exchange and presentation of research ideas and activities in areas such as information, big data and knowledge management, as well as computer communications and networks areas.

“I am deeply honored and proud to join the Kennesaw State family as dean of the College of Computing and Software Engineering,” Park said. “I intend to do everything to ensure that CCSE students have every opportunity to expand their knowledge, talents and skills to be successful. I am absolutely committed to student and faculty success, and I look forward to leading the College and achieving its goals in a way that benefits the university, the state of Georgia and society.”

Park has published nearly 200 journal and conference papers and has served as an editor for several journals within the computing discipline. He has received research grants from numerous resources including the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and National Security Agency.

He has earned various awards for his teaching, research and leadership, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.

He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University.   

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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 University report finds family business is world economy’s secret driver of success

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KENNESAW, Ga. (April 30, 2015) –The world’s most successful family businesses integrate practicality and innovation, strategy and strong commercial acumen, along with nurturing and care, to create a lasting legacy of entrepreneurial success, long-term growth and family unity. This is according to a report conducted by the Cox Family Enterprise Center in Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business for EY, which surveyed 25 of the largest family businesses in each of the 21 top global markets.

The importance of family businesses to the global economy is undeniable. This report provides insight on their impact by focusing on seven success factors that make family businesses tick: succession; women in leadership; governance; communication and resolving conflicts; branding; corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and sustainability; and cybersecurity. 

Findings show family businesses are fit and strong

In the report, Staying Power: How Do Family Businesses Create Lasting Success, respondents said they remain entrepreneurial and committed to innovation, even into their second generation and beyond. And they aren’t complacent — most have their eyes on growing by investing in new talent, increased production and better systems. The report provides insight into the noteworthy practices, characteristics, and success factors that make these family businesses successful and long-standing.

Carrie Hall, EY Americas Family Business Leader, said:

“Overall, the companies surveyed manage to remain entrepreneurial and committed to innovation. Even the oldest family business surveyed, in its ninth generation, does so. What’s more interesting is that these companies honor their legacies without being stuck in the ways of the past. Given 64% of the family businesses predict expanding into other markets in 2015, it is apparent they are hungry for growth. To accomplish it, they are investing in new talent, increased production and better systems.”

Key best practices for achieving lasting success:

·       87% have clearly identified who is responsible for succession.

·       70% are considering a women for their next CEOs.

·       90% have boards of directors.

·       90% have regular family or shareholder meetings to discuss business issues.

·       76% refer to themselves as family businesses in their branding.

·       81% engage in philanthropic activities.

·       83% expect spending on cybersecurity to increase.

Family businesses are vital to the global economy. They account for more than two-thirds of all companies globally, count many leading household names among their number and provide between 50%-80% of all employment, so it’s important we know what are the noteworthy practices and characteristics of the largest among them.

Joe Astrachan Ph.D., Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Kennesaw State University, said: 

“The characteristics and practices of large, long-lived family businesses serve as a model for other family businesses as well as other companies that aspire to maintain an entrepreneurial spirit, innovate and grow consistently.”

Seven top-line findings emerge from the report:

·       Embracing succession: Succession is arguably the most critical and difficult business issue a family business has to face. More than 87% of the respondents have clearly identified who is responsible for succession, implying that processes to handle traditional transitions as well as potential emergencies are well in place.

·       Women leaders welcome: Globally, 70% of the world’s largest family businesses are considering women for their next CEO. They average five women in the C-suite and four being groomed for top leadership positions. More than half (55%) have at least one woman on their boards. The survey also shows those family businesses that have women in leadership positions correlate with better business performance.

·       In governance, family is first: Nearly all (90%) of the world’s largest family businesses have functioning boards of directors and most of those boards are made up of family members. Nearly 50% are exclusively family members, and only 28% have an equal number or greater of non-family voting members on their boards. Family members are considered by far the most trusted advisors with parents heading the lists, followed by spouses and then accountants.

·       Healthy communication, healthy conflict, healthy business: The family owners of the world’s largest family businesses report they care deeply about one another (81%). Participants in our survey report that 90% have regular family or shareholder meetings to discuss business issues, 70% have regular family meetings to discuss family issues and 64% have family councils that meet regularly.

·       From our family to yours: family business branding builds trust:The world’s largest family businesses are proud of their companies and their families — 76% report they refer to themselves as family businesses in their advertising, websites, social media, press releases and other promotional materials.

·       Sustainability: leveraging family legacy to build a better future:  Survey participants value and implement corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability practices with more than 50% reporting a high commitment to CSR practices, and an impressive 81% engaging in philanthropy. In addition, 85% have codes of ethics, compared to only 57% of the world’s largest companies overall. Around the world, 47% of respondents have family foundations and 37% report that they will increase their philanthropic activities in 2015.

·       The specter of cyber risk:Even with the near-constant news of breaches, leaks and billions of dollars in lost revenue due to cybersecurity lapses, the family businesses surveyed appear to be worryingly self-assured in their abilities to identify and respond to ever-evolving cyber threats. The majority (75%) say they are confident or very confident that their businesses are effectively addressing these risks. Most of the participants (83%) report they expect spending on cyber security to increase. Some family business leaders (25%) don’t know how cyber risks affect their businesses. Among those that are enlightened about cyber risk, 55% believe the risk is moderate to high.

Future insights on survey topics coming soon

EY will be releasing a series of in-depth explorations of the key topics covered by this survey. The future insights will delve more deeply into the data and will explore the differences of countries regions and developed and emerging markets in each of the following topics:

Succession

Women in leadership

Governance

Communication and resolving conflicts

Branding

Corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and sustainability

Cybersecurity

To view the full report, please visit ey.com/stayingpower.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets Practice
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About EY’s Family Business Services

EY is a market leader in advising and guiding family businesses. With almost a century of experience supporting the world’s most entrepreneurial and innovative companies, we understand the unique challenges they face — and how to address them. We offer a personalized range of services aimed at the specific needs of each individual business — helping it to grow and succeed for generations. Our Family Business Global Center of Excellence is a powerful resource that provides access to our knowledge, insights and experience, connecting family business owners to their peers through the strength of our global network.

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About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

About the Cox Family Enterprise Center
Since 1987, the Cox Family Enterprise Center at Kennesaw State University has been dedicated to the education, recognition and research of family businesses. As one of the first university-based centers of its kind, the center remains focused on connecting people, ideas and knowledge to create a dynamic community to transform the family business ecosystem and further economic development.

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About Kennesaw State University
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. 

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Kennesaw State Associate Vice President for Student Affairs elected to international post

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Golden Key International Honour Society will install Michael L. Sanseviro during Australia conference

KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 23, 2015) — Kennesaw State University Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Michael L. Sanseviro has been elected the Region 3 representative for the International Council of Advisors of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Sanseviro, who will be officially installed at Golden Key’s International Summit 2015 in Gold Coast, Australia, in July, will receive a travel grant of $1,750 from Golden Key for the trip. He has served for several years as co-advisor of the Kennesaw State chapter of Golden Key.

“Michael is passionate about Golden Key’s mission and the benefits the organization provides to matriculating students,” said Jerome Ratchford, vice president for Student Success. “This passion is evidenced in his five years as an advisor to KSU’s Golden Key chapter, as well as in his efforts to foster strategic recruiting partnerships with organizations on our campus such as Phi Eta Sigma, a first-year student honorary society.

“Michael leads by example and he will build on what he learns from this experience to further our commitment to encouraging all of our students to become more engaged, global citizens,” Ratchford said. “We are fortunate to have someone of Michael Sanseviro’s caliber at Kennesaw State.”

Named associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at Kennesaw State in January, Sanseviro was elevated to the new position after serving as the dean of Student Success, a post he had held since October 2010. He was named interim dean of Student Success in September 2009. Sanseviro joined KSU in 2004 when he was named the first director of Residence Life.

“I am excited to begin my new duties as Golden Key’s Region 3 representative,” Sanseviro said. “My region includes the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean, which includes chapters in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas, with new chapters starting all the time. What is neat, historically, is that Golden Key was founded at Georgia State University, so Region 3 is where the ‘alpha’ chapter is located, plus the international headquarters is located in Dunwoody near Perimeter Mall.”

Sanseviro, who was honored as the Regional Advisor of the Year in 2010, will join a handful of other Golden Key members from North America and South Africa who also were selected as travel grant recipients of Golden Key’s 2015 International Summit. In 2013, he was awarded a travel grant to attend the Golden Key Asia-Pacific Conference in Adelaide, Australia.

The conference is a three-day event aimed at advancing personal and professional development. The conference includes world-class speakers, workshops, a career and graduate school expo, networking and learning opportunities. 

Sanseviro graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts with majors in educational research, philosophy and religion. He was the youngest graduate that year from Emory, at 19 years old. He completed his Master of Science in higher education administration from Florida State University in 1991. Sanseviro also worked on coursework toward his MBA at Polytechnic University. He finished his Ph.D. at Georgia State University in educational policy studies in 2006.

A published author, Sanseviro was nominated for Author of the Year in 2011 by the Georgia Writers Association. He is active in the community, serving on the board of directors for the LGE Community Credit Union.

 

About Golden Key International Honour Society

Golden Key International Honour Society, founded in 1977, is an academic honor society which recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines. Committed to an ethos of recognizing academic achievement and encouraging altruistic service, the Society’s on-campus presence has reached over 400 chapters at colleges and universities in eight countries: Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Bahamas and the United States.

The Society offers its more than 2 million members $1,000,000 annually through scholarships and awards. Members are also connected to exclusive career opportunities and assistance through Golden Key’s partnerships with major corporations and graduate programs. The Society provides campus and community service opportunities enabling personal growth and leadership development as well as collaborating with university faculty and administrators to develop and maintain the highest standards of education. Information is available at http://www.goldenkey.org/gk/gksite/HomePage.aspx.

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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. 

 

                                                                              

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