Dr. W. Ken Harmon
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
W. Ken Harmon is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University. Prior to his appointment, Harmon served as dean of Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business, the second largest business school in Georgia, since July 2009. Harmon, the Tony and Jack Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management and a professor of accounting, has held top administrative posts at several business schools in the Southeast in the past decade.
As dean, Harmon worked to collaborate more closely with Atlanta-area companies and raise the profile of the Coles College of Business, regarded as one of the top business schools in the Southeast. In fall 2009, the Coles College’s Executive M.B.A. program was ranked among the best in the U.S. by CEO Magazine and its part-time M.B.A. was recognized by BusinessWeek magazine as one of the best. Under Harmon’s leadership, the Coles College of Business had its accreditation renewed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and launched a partnership with Mumbai Business School to develop its Executive M.B.A. program, in one of India’s first such collaborations with an American university.
Prior to his appointment as dean of the Coles College, Harmon, a CPA, served as director of the School of Accountancy at Kennesaw State, dean of the Else School of Management at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and chair of the accounting departments at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Middle Tennessee State University and Arizona State University West. He also served on the accounting faculty at the University of Missouri and Drexel University. Harmon arrived at KSU in 2006 to chair the accounting department, which became the School of Accountancy in 2008.
A native of Memphis, Harmon holds a doctorate in accounting from the University of Tennessee, where he also earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. He is a CPA in the state of Tennessee.
Harmon’s areas of expertise include accounting information systems, internal auditing, leadership development, strategic planning and business education. He previously was a staff auditor with Price Waterhouse, was president of his own software company, and has served as a consultant to numerous companies and universities. Harmon has been a journal editor, authored numerous publications and served on 10 editorial boards.