Leadership changes made at Kennesaw State

Kennesaw State University’s interim president is making changes to the school’s top leadership.

Houston Davis, who is set to replace outgoing president Dan Papp on July 1, announced three new interim chiefs responsible for key functions of the university, including finances and human resources.

Davis announced the changes Tuesday in a letter to faculty and staff that was obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The changes come about a week after three auditors' reports found policy violations by Papp, involving his compensation and other financial issues, along with ethics and conflict-of-interest breaches by administrators responsible for the school's dining and food service division.

Davis’ appointments include:

  • Interim chief financial officer: Julie Peterson, who served as controller in the Office of Finance and Accounting
  • Interim chief information officer: Lectra Lawhorne, who previously served as associate chief information officer and associate vice president for KSU's information technology services
  • Interim chief human resources officer: Alicia Stignani, who served as director of Human Resource Services

The interim leaders will work directly with Davis during the presidential transition, he said in the letter.

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