Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will interview Tuesday for president of Kennesaw State University, state officials said.
“There has been speculation about this for some time, and up until now, I have remained silent on the matter. Initially, I was planning to conduct a national search to find the next president of Kennesaw State,” University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said in a statement to KSU students and faculty Monday. “Yet, through sincere and earnest conversations with Mr. Olens, I now believe he should be considered at this time.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that there’s been speculation for months that Olens may become president of the rapidly-growing Cobb County-based university. Olens was chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners before becoming attorney general in 2011.
Some students have drafted a petition to stop Olens from getting the job, citing his role in defending in court Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban.
Gov. Nathan Deal would tap Olens’ replacement if he becomes KSU’s president.