"Plaintiffs have failed to meet their threshold burden of establishing that there has been a waiver of sovereign immunity that would permit the continuation of their litigation," Campbell wrote.
Humphreys said he will speak with the dozen or so plaintiffs he's representing to see if they want to appeal. For him, the choice is easy.
"It’s a very important decision to be overturned because it creates such a broad scope of sovereign immunity for state officials," he said.
Humphreys said he filed the action on behalf of all students, faculty and alumni of KSU in the "purely political" selection of Olens.
"Kennesaw State (and) the community didn't really care to have a president forced down their throat without any input from Kennesaw State at all," Humphreys said.
Olens is taking over for Dan Papp, who retired in June after auditors said he improperly received more than $577,000 in retirement pay.
Tammy DeMel, KSU's spokeswoman, declined to comment on the judge's decision.
Although the school wasn't named as a defendant in the injunction, the University System of Georgia was.
Charles Sutlive, USG spokesman, gave this statement by email: "We are pleased that the Court has dismissed these baseless claims. The Board of Regents complied with its policies and procedures, as well as the law, when it appointed Sam Olens as president of KSU."
Protesters and other critics feel slighted by the selection of Olens, who they feel has an anti-LGBTQ record of opposing gay marriage and gender-neutral bathrooms.