Despite protests from students and faculty, Olens is named KSU president

[private]Attorney General Sam Olens finally got the high-paying job he’s been angling for as the Board of Regents named him president of Kennesaw State University on Wednesday.

The appointment was vigorously opposed by students and faculty at the Cobb County campus, who called for a nationwide search because of Olens’ complete lack of experience as a college administrator and his anti-gay positions as attorney general.

Students showed up Wednesday’s regents meeting to protest Olens’ “homophobia,” and the head of Kennesaw’s faculty senate, Humayun Zafar, urged the regents to conduct a nationwide search for a new president.

The regents brushed aside the complaints and appointed Olens anyway.

“Sam Olens will be a credible manager, but he can’t fix it (the situation at Kennesaw),” said Gordon Harrison, a retired University System official. “And, he will be sorry he went there.”

“Sam Olens’ two decades of public service and outstanding leadership qualities make him the right person to lead Kennesaw State University at the right time,” said Regents Chairman Kessel Stelling. “While Sam has successfully led a large workforce and managed a substantial operating budget, he also has a passion for KSU and public higher education.”

“I pledge to work in partnership with the Kennesaw State campus community to focus our efforts on advancing our academic mission,” Olens said in a statement released after the meeting.

Shortly after Olens was named president, Gov. Nathan Deal held a news conference to announce he was appointing Chris Carr, the state’s commissioner of economic development, as the new attorney general.

Carr and Olens both start their new jobs Nov. 1.

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