Olens definitely will get KSU presidency

[private]The way has been cleared for Attorney General Sam Olens to get that appointment he’s been lobbying for as president of Kennesaw State University.

Board of Regents Chairman Kessel Stelling and University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced Tuesday the board’s executive and compensation committee has recommended a vote for Olens as KSU president.

Because Olens is the only person being recommended as the replacement for Daniel Papp, the board’s Oct. 12 vote will be a mere formality. There was no national search conducted, as is usually done on these vacancies.

“With Sam Olens, we have a uniquely qualified candidate right here in the community,” Huckaby said. “Sam has demonstrated trusted leadership through nearly two decades of public service. He has dedicated his life to public service and is ready to commit his future to the students, faculty and staff of Kennesaw State University.”

“I am honored to be considered for the presidency of Kennesaw State University,” said Olens. “Cobb County is my home, and I care deeply for Kennesaw State. If I’m fortunate enough to be selected by the Board of Regents, I will do everything I can to earn the trust and support of KSU’s faculty, staff and students.”

It is widely rumored that Gov. Nathan Deal will appoint his economic development commissioner, Chris Carr, to replace Olens as attorney general.

There could be controversies attendant to both appointments, however.

KSU faculty and students have protested the upcoming Olens appointment for various reasons, and Carr has not been an actively practicing attorney since 2007.

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