Olens edging closer to KSU presidency

[private]Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens appears to be edging closer to his long-rumored appointment as Kennesaw State University president.

University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby sent an email message to KSU officials Monday endorsing Olens for the presidency that was vacated several months ago by the resignation of Daniel Papp.

“In higher education and our own University System, we place extreme importance on openness and the responsibility we all share in serving each other,” Huckaby said.

“So, it is important you know I have asked the Board of Regents to consider Attorney General Sam Olens for the role of president of Kennesaw State University,” Huckaby added.

Huckaby’s statement is a sure indicator that Gov. Nathan Deal also supports the appointment of Olens.

The choice is not a popular one with KSU students and faculty, who have protested the proposed move in part because no national search has been launched for a new president.

Olens also has opposed same-sex marriages and the right of transgender students to use public bathrooms in his tenure as attorney general.

“Initially, I was planning to conduct a national search to find the next president of Kennesaw State,” Huckaby said. “Yet, through sincere and earnest conversations with Mr. Olens, I now believe he should be considered at this time.”

Olens has been lobbying heavily for the job and his appointment has been rumored for months in capitol circles.

Deal is also expected to appoint his economic development commissioner, Chris Carr, to replace Olens as attorney general, even though Carr is not an actively practicing attorney.

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