W. Ken Harmon began his term as Kennesaw State interim president on February 15, 2018, taking on his latest leadership role at the University.
Prior to his appointment, Harmon served as Kennesaw State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2011. During that time, Harmon was instrumental in elevating Kennesaw State’s profile and stature through the development of new undergraduate and graduate degrees, establishment of community partnerships, and support of initiatives to strengthen key programs.
Harmon, a professor of accounting, came to KSU in 2006 to lead the University’s accounting program. He was promoted in 2009 to dean of Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business, the second largest business school in Georgia.
Before joining Kennesaw State, Harmon was the 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’s West Campus. He also served on the accounting faculties of the University of Missouri and Drexel University.
Harmon holds a doctorate in accounting with a minor in computer science from the University of Tennessee, where he also earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting. He is a certified public accountant.
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.