Pamela Whitten to conduct her first commencement at KSU

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Pamela Whitten, the recently appointed president of Kennesaw State University, will perform her first official act as president when she presides over KSU’s summer commencement ceremonies. About 1.300 students will graduate in three ceremonies in the KSU Convocation Center beginning Thursday, July 26, at 10 a.m.

Commencement schedule

10 a.m. – College of Architecture and Construction Management, Coles College of Business, College of Computing and Software Engineering, Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and WellStar College of Health and Human Services

3 p.m. – College of the Arts, Bagwell College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics, and University College

7 p.m. – Graduate College

The ceremonies will be held at the Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144.  An interactive Google map to the location follows this article.

Pamela Whitten

Whitten officially began her job at Kennesaw State on July 16, becoming the university’s fifth president, after the rocky tenure of Sam Olens, who had served as chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, and as the Georgia Attorney General.

Whitten had been the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Georgia since 2014, after serving in a number of positions at UGA.

Her area of expertise had been telemedicine, the remote diagnosis and treatment of illness using telecommunication devices.

Before starting at UGA, she worked as the director for telemedicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She later joined the faculty at Michigan State University, where she became the dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Whitten’s academic background

Whitten received a Bachelor of Science in Management in 1985 from Tulane University’s A.B Freeman School of Business.  In 1986 she received a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Kentucky and in 1996 a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kansas.