Kennesaw Presidency May Go to Opposed Candidate

October 4, 2016

Students and faculty members have been mobilizing against the rumored candidacy of Sam Olens, Georgia's attorney general, for the presidency of Kennesaw State University. On Monday, state officials acknowledged that they are considering Olens and not planning a national search. Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, acknowledged Monday that Olens would interview for the job today, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “Initially, I was planning to conduct a national search to find the next president of Kennesaw State,” Huckaby said in an email to KSU students and faculty. “Yet, through sincere and earnest conversations with Mr. Olens, I now believe he should be considered at this time.”

Critics have said that the position deserves an open, national search. Many have also criticized anti-gay stances Olens has taken, and his lack of experience in higher education administration.

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