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Welcome

Kathy Schwaig

Here at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, our faculty and staff continually develop new and innovative approaches to business education while also cultivating lasting relationships with economic and community leaders from across Atlanta and around the world.

Everyone at Coles aspires to more. Our educators are experts in their fields, our staff provide valuable support that empowers students to achieve their goals, and our graduates leave Coles prepared to excel in tomorrow’s globalized business landscape.

As one of the world’s top business schools, Coles stays on the leading edge of business education and engagement by:

  1. Ensuring our students are career-ready upon graduation. We offer students actionable career guidance through the Hughes Leadership and Career Program, while initiatives like the All Access Business Series and the Tetley Distinguished Leader Lecture Series put students in direct contact with Atlanta-area employers.

  2. Building partnerships with Atlanta-area businesses. Coles is more than a world-class business school, we are also a major player in the local economy. Our Shore Entrepreneurship Center brings students, faculty, and area business owners together to solve real-world business challenges.

  3. Conducting quality research that influences decision-making at top organizations. A Brigham Young University report ranks Kennesaw State 65th in the world for publishing accounting research in top accounting journals. We are also ranked 17th in accounting information systems research, 20th in auditing research, and sixth in accounting education research.

  4. Changing lives around the world through international education. Coles offers dozens of education abroad opportunities, including a program that sees students join the Social Entrepreneurship Corps in Guatemala to help alleviate poverty by developing sustainable business programs.

Nationally recognized, internationally renowned, and home to a dedicated community of diverse students and educators, Coles College strives to leverage our passion for innovation in order to improve the lives of people everywhere. Simply put, we aspire to more.

Thank you for your interest in the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

Kathy Schwaig, PhD
Dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of 
Entrepreneurial Management and
Professor of Information Systems

Leadership

The Coles College dedicated leadership team includes the following:

Deans

Kathy Schwaig, Dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management and Professor of Information Systems
Hope Baker, Associate Dean for Assessment and Undergraduate Programs
Mandy Brooks, Assistant Dean of Marketing and External Relations
Lisa Duke, Assistant Dean, Administration & Operations
Sheb True, Assistant to the Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Raj Veliyath, Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Programs

Academic Department Heads

David Burns, Chair, Marketing and Professional Sales
Traci Carte, Chair, Information Systems
Robin Cheramie, Chair, Management and Entrepreneurship
Richard Clune, Interim Director of the School of Accountancy, School of Accountancy
Brett Katzman, Chair, Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis

Advisory Board 

  • Sarah Boone, Financial Advisor
    UBS Financial Services, Inc.

    Barbara Borczak, CPA Principal
    AGH, LLC

    Genevieve Bos, Chief Executive Officer
    IdeaString

    Shealynn Buck, Vice President of Health Integration 
    Marsh & McLennan Agency

    Sean Fallmann, President and CEO
    Consolidated Container Company

    Barry Flink, Executive Vice President & Partner
    Flex HR, Inc.

    Hunter Groton, Senior Director
    BNY Mellon Wealth Management
    Business-to-Business Media Expert

    Dale Hughes, Partner 
    Jeremiah Consulting LLC

    Tom Hughes, Founder & Past President/CEO
    National Electronic Attachment, Inc. & Medical Electronic Attachment, Inc.

    Kristi Johnson, CPA and Principal
    Windham Brannon 

    Steve Johnson, Consultant                                                                     
    Johnson Consulting

    Diana Keough, CEO, Founder, Editor-in-Chief                                      
    ShareWIK Media Group

    Steven M. LaMastra, President and CEO
    Star Commercial Real Estate
    Monarch Investments Group, L.L.C. 

    Phil N. McCullough, President   
    McCullough Consulting, LLC 

    Lee Rhyant, President
    LER Solutions, LLC

    Michael E. Russell, President
    etsSolutions

    Kat Schwaig, Dean
    Coles College of Business

    Doug Shore, Board Member
    Coles College of Business

    Michael M. Smith, Shareholder
    Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

    Kerstin L. Valdes, Vice President Finance – Divisional CFO
    Consumer Business, Georgia-Pacific LLC

Executives In Residence 

  • William G. Lako Jr., CFP, Principal
    G.W. Henssler & Associates, Ltd.

    Bob Kilinski, Regional Operating Partner
    Keller Williams Realty International

  • Executives in residence provide coaching and mentoring to Coles College of Business students.

    Bernice Dixon, Founder
    Advising Angels

    Connie L. Engel, Partner
    Childress Klein Properties

    Barry Flink, Executive Vice President and Partner
    FlexHR, Inc.

    John W. Gamble, Founder and Principal
    Tenacity, Inc.

    Rita Izaguirre, Principal, Ideas
    LLC.

    Harry Maziar, President
    Zep Manufacturing Company

    Larry Stevens, Partner (Retired)
    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    Harry Vardis, Founder and Principal
    Creative Focus, Inc.

    Steve Wurzbacher, Principal
    Tenacity

    Erin Wolf, Founder and Managing Partner
    SuiteTrack

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