Kennesaw State University students rally Monday against AG Sam Olens


Students will rally Monday at noon at Kennesaw State University in opposition to Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens becoming the new president of the Cobb school with an enrollment of more than 33,000.

Olens is reportedly under consideration for the top job at KSU. He has deep roots in the county. Olens is a two-term Republican attorney general who previously led the Cobb County Commission.

In a guest column today on the AJC Get Schooled blog, KSU professor Leonard Witt explains some of the opposition to Olens, especially from the LGBTQ community at KSU. As attorney general, Olens ardently opposed both gay marriage and now gender neutral bathrooms, said Witt.

But there also is concern about the hidden process with which Olens is being considered by the chancellor and Board of Regents, he said, explaining, “They would be doing so without a whisper of faculty or any other constituency input, thus breaking a long academic tradition and its own normal hiring procedures.”

To read more, go to the AJC Get Schooled blog.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Education

Latin Academy charter school founder, thief gets 20 years
Latin Academy charter school founder, thief gets 20 years

A disgraced Atlanta charter school founder who a prosecutor said caused losses of at least $1.2 million by actions including stealing money he spent on strip clubs and luxury cars, admitted guilt Tuesday and apologized. “I am deeply thoroughly overwhelmingly sorry. I am responsible for what has happened. I take responsibility for my actions,...
Metro school districts decide how to make up for missed class time
Metro school districts decide how to make up for missed class time

Although Gwinnett County Public Schools has launched a program to give students instruction when schools close, the “digital learning days” were put in place after the district had already used its three allotted “snow days.” But the state’s largest district already had a plan to make up those days. Since the high...
Georgia campus rape bill unlikely to move forward this year, senator says
Georgia campus rape bill unlikely to move forward this year, senator says

The head of the Georgia Senate’s higher education committee said Tuesday it’s unlikely a contentious bill filed last year that would impose new mandates on how colleges and universities report and handle sexual assault accusations will be reviewed this year. Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, said during a joint higher education committee...
Atlanta charter school founder sentenced in theft cases, ordered to pay $810,000 restitution
Atlanta charter school founder sentenced in theft cases, ordered to pay $810,000 restitution

An Atlanta charter school founder entered guilty pleas in Fulton County Superior Court in two cases linked to thefts of at least $1.2 million, including money stolen from the schools he helped start.  Prosecutors brought two separate cases against Christopher Clemons, 39, listing among his wrong-doings that he improperly spent more than $50,000...
School founder facing charges for theft of huge sum to plead today
School founder facing charges for theft of huge sum to plead today

1. Christopher Clemons was a highly touted graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institution of Technology. He was a rising star in the charter scene movement. 2. Clemons asked the Atlanta school district for permission to start Latin Academy and give low-income, mostly black students a shot at the kind...
More Stories