At Kennesaw State, we dream big and have big expectations.Dr. Whitten smiling and standing infront of blurred background with arms crossed

Welcome to Kennesaw State University. It is my honor to serve as the fifth president of Georgia's second-largest university, home to 11 colleges and over 41,000 students. As a new member of the Owl Nation, what I find most exciting is the genuine passion, the sense of pride and the sheer enthusiasm that our faculty, staff, and students have for KSU.

We are a relatively young university, founded in 1963, and have experienced tremendous growth.  Today, we offer more than 150 undergraduate and graduate programs, apartment- and suite-style residence halls, a vibrant campus life including 200 student organizations, and NCAA Division I sports teams.  Listed among U.S. News & World Report’s nationally ranked universities, Kennesaw State offers students close proximity to Atlanta, home to 26 Fortune 1000 companies and named one of the world’s elite tech cities by Forbes Magazine.

Our priority at Kennesaw State is student success. Here you will find faculty who are not just experts in their fields, but scholars who are dedicated to helping students find their passion. You will find staff who go the extra mile to support our students. And, you will find a diverse student body who want to succeed and who want to make a difference in the world. As president, my goal is to help prepare our graduates not just for their first job, but for the entire evolution of their careers.

Kennesaw State is about community. Our university has deep roots throughout the region, and we continue to nurture partnerships with community and industry leaders. Those relationships not only benefit our region and our state, but also enhance intellectual growth at KSU. Through opportunities in research and community outreach, our students and faculty see that they truly can make a difference and improve people’s quality of life. The community prospers along with us, as Kennesaw State serves as an economic engine to strengthen the region’s and state’s growth and success in industry, education and philanthropy. 

This is an exciting university where faculty, staff, and students believe that anything is possible and where going beyond expectations is in our DNA. I invite you to visit us and I am confident that when you do, you will see for yourself just what makes Kennesaw State University so special.

Go Owls!

Pamela S. Whitten