The board went into a five-minute recess as the students spoke.
The board is scheduled Wednesday to vote on a proposal to name Olens, Georgia's attorney general, the new president of KSU. Many students and faculty oppose the plans. Their complaints include that there's not been a national search for KSU president and positions he's taken on issues some students feel are offensive to LGBT students.
Eric Stirgus joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2001. He is the newsroom's education editor. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Eric is active in the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and the Education Writers Association and enjoys mentoring aspiring journalists.