Olens' salary more than triples as KSU president

Kennesaw State students start petition against Sam Olens

ATLANTA -- Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will make $430,000 as president of Kennesaw State University.  The salary and benefits will more than triple his current salary.  

Olens has submitted his resignation and will take the helm at KSU November 1.  Olens received his compensation package Monday.  11Alive News obtained it via a request under the state Open Records Act.

Monday, KSU employees filed a federal discrimination complaint.  They say that Olens' hiring by the Georgia Board of Regents failed to consider women and minorities.  Two female KSU employees say they applied for the job of KSU president but their applications were never acknowledged.

The Board of Regents hired Olens without conducting a search for a new president.  They justified it by saying the hiring of Olens presented a unique circumstance and opportunity for the college.  Olens has no experience running an academic institution.  Before becoming attorney general, he was chairman of the Cobb County board of commissioners.

Ballotpedia reports that Olens currently makes $139,169 as attorney general.  Former KSU president Dan Papp's compensation was worth $419,329.72, according to a Board of Regents spokesman.

 


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