AAUP Calls for National Search for Kennesaw

October 11, 2016

The American Association of University Professors is joining students and faculty members at Kennesaw State University in urging the Georgia Board of Regents not to appoint Sam Olens, Georgia's attorney general, as the university's next president. The board is expected to approve his appointment this week. Some on the campus object to the appointment of a politician without a career in higher education. Others object to actions he has taken that are widely seen as antigay.

The emphasis of a letter the AAUP sent this week is about process and the lack of a national search for the fast-growing university. The AAUP letter says that "the apparent decision to forgo a national search for the Kennesaw State presidency is at odds with widely observed principles of academic governance." While Georgia officials have said that the board's rules permit the skipping of a national search, the AAUP letter says that such action "deprives the faculty of its appropriate role in the process."

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