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:
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.
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.
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.
- 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
The Coles College dedicated leadership team includes the following:
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
The advisory board provides the Coles College administration with support and advice regarding policies, programs, and the direction of the College, among other duties.
Advisory Board MembersRobert L. Bachrach, Retired Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
Congregation Etz ChaimSarah Boone, Portfolio Manager
G2 Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services, Inc.Barbara S. Borczak, CPA, Lead Tax Senior Manager
RSM US LLPDr. Shealynn Buck, Chief Medical Officer
Lockton Dunning Benefits
Lockton CompaniesKirk Gadebusch, President
Spyglass SolutionsChris K. Gruehn, Cobb Market President
BrandbankJoseph Handy, President & COO
Georgia AquariumDale Hughes, Partner
Jeremiah Consulting LLCTom Hughes, Entrepreneur in Residence, Coles College
ConsultantKristi B. Johnson, CPA, Principal
Windham BrannonSteve Johnson, Consultant
Johnson ConsultingBob Kilinski, Executive in Residence
Regional Operating Principal
Keller Williams RealtyWilliam (Bil) G. Lako, Jr., CFP, Executive in Residence
Principal, Managing Director
Henssler FinancialDr. Philip N. McCullough, President
McCullough Consulting, LLCLee Rhyant, Executive in Residence
LER Solutions, LLC
Retired Executive Vice President and General Manager
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics CompanyMichael E. Russell, President, MBA, CTP
etsSolutionsDr. Kathy (Kat) Schwaig
Dean, Coles College of Business
Kennesaw State UniversityDouglas Shore, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Co-CEO, Retired
Shore-Varrone, IncMichael M. Smith, Shareholder
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PCKerstin L. Valdes Benden, CFO Consumer Business, VP-Finance
Georgia-Pacific LLCMark Wilson, President & CEO
Executives In Residence
William G. Lako Jr., CFP, Principal
G.W. Henssler & Associates, Ltd.
Bob Kilinski, Regional Operating Partner
Keller Williams Realty International
Past Executives In Residence
Executives in residence provide coaching and mentoring to Coles College of Business students.
Bernice Dixon, Founder
Connie L. Engel, Partner
Childress Klein Properties
Barry Flink, Executive Vice President and Partner
John W. Gamble, Founder and Principal
Rita Izaguirre, Principal, Ideas
Harry Maziar, President
Zep Manufacturing Company
Larry Stevens, Partner (Retired)
Harry Vardis, Founder and Principal
Creative Focus, Inc.
Steve Wurzbacher, Principal
Erin Wolf, Founder and Managing Partner