Kathy ‘Kat’ Schwaig began as interim president of Kennesaw State University July 1, 2021. Immediately prior to this role, she served as the University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
As provost, Schwaig prioritized efforts that supported student success, including increasing the number of faculty and advisors and eliminating roadblocks to graduation. She worked collaboratively with the campus community to grow the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs, while supporting the Office of Research’s efforts to expand faculty research across the academic colleges. Schwaig also played a pivotal role in leading the University through the events related to the Covid-19 pandemic, including a return to campus in Fall 2021.
Schwaig previously served as the Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management, as well as the dean of KSU’s Michael J. Coles College of Business, a position she held from 2012 to 2019. She has held several other leadership roles at KSU, including interim and associate dean, interim department chair for the Department of Accounting, and interim department chair for the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. Schwaig joined the faculty at KSU in 2002 as an associate professor of information systems. Prior to joining KSU, Schwaig held faculty positions at Georgia State University and Baylor University.
Schwaig’s research focused on information privacy and policy formulation and has been published in some of the leading journals in the information systems field.
She has received the Oscar Burnett Award for Distinguished Achievement in Business from the Morris Brown College Foundation, the Cobb Executive Women’s Glass Ceiling Award, and Atlanta Magazine’s Women Making a Mark Award.
A native of central Texas, Schwaig earned a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Information Systems from Baylor University, a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of South Carolina.