Statement of Kennesaw State University on Provost Position

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KENNESAW, Ga. – (March 17, 2011) – After thoughtful consideration, Dr. Timothy J.L. Chandler has withdrawn his acceptance of the position of Kennesaw State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

“I have decided it is in the best interest of Kennesaw State University for me to withdraw at this time. I feel strongly about the commitment that I made to elevating Kennesaw State University’s academic stature. However, I have now come to believe that the recent distractions caused by external forces would interfere with my effectiveness as provost,” stated Dr. Chandler. Dr. Chandler has decided to remain in his position as Senior Associate Provost at Kent State University. “I appreciate the opportunity that the Kennesaw State University appointment presented, and am truly grateful for the support given to me by colleagues at Kennesaw State University, Kent State University, and the American Association of University Professors.”

Kennesaw State University’s President, Dr. Daniel S. Papp emphasized that Dr. Chandler’s decision to remain at Kent State was strictly his own and is not related to any viewpoints that Dr. Chandler has expressed in previous academic work. “Dr. Chandler is a highly respected academic and we understand his decision,” President Papp said. “The Kennesaw State University community wishes Dr. Chandler all the best in his future endeavors.”

Interim Provost Dr. W. Ken Harmon will continue in the post.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.