Putting Trust In Our Trustees


As Kennesaw State grows into the best R2 institution in the country, there is one group that will play a crucial role in helping us reach our goals: the Kennesaw State University Foundation Board of Trustees. The trustees are an important part of our student-centric university, as they help ensure that KSU has the resources available to help our students succeed.

Tommy Bagwell, the founder of Bagwell Enterprises, has been a trustee since 2005. In 2015, Tommy and his wife, Chantal, made a generous gift to the Bagwell College of Education, naming the education building and providing support that is impacting the lives of faculty, staff and students in perpetuity. The Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Scholarship Program has benefitted 66 students to date from eight KSU colleges. Forty-one of those recipients have graduated so far. The Bagwells made a gift to establish the Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity in the Coles College of Business, which provides education and research opportunities for students and faculty. And most recently, they provided a gift to support the Education Economics Center in the Coles College.

Doug Shore has been a trustee since 2013 and serves on the Coles College Advisory Board. Doug and his wife, Robin, made a gift to establish the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center. They have been active volunteers for the university, having mentored students from across various disciplines. They also endowed the Beverly F. Shore Endowed Scholarship, which is for students minoring in aerospace engineering and was named in honor of his mother, an engineer during World War II. Robin serves on KSU’s Honors College Advisory Board, and she established the Robin Schmidt Shore Endowed Scholarship for students studying abroad in Montepulciano, Italy.

Both of these families have been an important part of making KSU what it is today. I want to express our thanks to these families and all of our Trustees for their impact and the commitment to KSU that will be felt for years to come.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten