Kathy Schwaig

Here at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, our faculty and staff continually develop new and innovative approaches to business education while also cultivating lasting relationships with economic and community leaders from across Atlanta and around the world.

Everyone at Coles aspires to more. Our educators are experts in their fields, our staff provide valuable support that empowers students to achieve their goals, and our graduates leave Coles prepared to excel in tomorrow’s globalized business landscape.

As one of the world’s top business schools, Coles stays on the leading edge of business education and engagement by:

  1. Ensuring our students are career-ready upon graduation. We offer students actionable career guidance through the Hughes Leadership and Career Program, while initiatives like the All Access Business Series and the Tetley Distinguished Leader Lecture Series put students in direct contact with Atlanta-area employers.

  2. Building partnerships with Atlanta-area businesses. Coles is more than a world-class business school, we are also a major player in the local economy. Our Shore Entrepreneurship Center brings students, faculty, and area business owners together to solve real-world business challenges.

  3. Conducting quality research that influences decision-making at top organizations. A Brigham Young University report ranks Kennesaw State 65th in the world for publishing accounting research in top accounting journals. We are also ranked 17th in accounting information systems research, 20th in auditing research, and sixth in accounting education research.

  4. Changing lives around the world through international education. Coles offers dozens of education abroad opportunities, including a program that sees students join the Social Entrepreneurship Corps in Guatemala to help alleviate poverty by developing sustainable business programs.

Nationally recognized, internationally renowned, and home to a dedicated community of diverse students and educators, Coles College strives to leverage our passion for innovation in order to improve the lives of people everywhere. Simply put, we aspire to more.

Thank you for your interest in the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

Kathy Schwaig, PhD
Dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of 
Entrepreneurial Management and
Professor of Information Systems


The Coles College dedicated leadership team includes the following:


Kathy Schwaig, Dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management and Professor of Information Systems
Hope Baker, Associate Dean for Assessment and Undergraduate Programs
Mandy Brooks, Assistant Dean of Marketing and External Relations
Lisa Duke, Assistant Dean, Administration & Operations
Sheb True, Assistant to the Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Raj Veliyath, Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Programs

Academic Department Heads

David Burns, Chair, Marketing and Professional Sales
Traci Carte, Chair, Information Systems
Robin Cheramie, Chair, Management and Entrepreneurship
Richard Clune, Interim Director of the School of Accountancy, School of Accountancy
Brett Katzman, Chair, Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis

Advisory Board 

The advisory board provides the Coles College administration with support and advice regarding policies, programs, and the direction of the College, among other duties.

  • Robert L. Bachrach, Retired Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
    Congregation Etz Chaim
    Sarah Boone, Portfolio Manager
    G2 Wealth Management
    UBS Financial Services, Inc.
    Barbara S. Borczak, CPA, Lead Tax Senior Manager
    Dr. Shealynn Buck, Chief Medical Officer
    Lockton Dunning Benefits
    Lockton Companies
    Kirk Gadebusch, President
    Spyglass Solutions
    Chris K. Gruehn, Cobb Market President
    Commercial Banking
    Joseph Handy, President & COO
    Georgia Aquarium
    Dale Hughes, Partner
    Jeremiah Consulting LLC
    Tom Hughes, Entrepreneur in Residence, Coles College
    Kristi B. Johnson, CPA, Principal
    Windham Brannon
    Steve Johnson, Consultant
    Johnson Consulting
    Bob Kilinski, Executive in Residence
    Regional Operating Principal
    Keller Williams Realty
    William (Bil) G. Lako, Jr., CFP, Executive in Residence
    Principal, Managing Director
    Henssler Financial
    Dr. Philip N. McCullough, President
    McCullough Consulting, LLC
    Lee Rhyant, Executive in Residence
    LER Solutions, LLC
    Retired Executive Vice President and General Manager
    Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
    Michael E. Russell, President, MBA, CTP
    Dr. Kathy (Kat) Schwaig
    Dean, Coles College of Business
    Kennesaw State University
    Douglas Shore, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Co-CEO, Retired
    Shore-Varrone, Inc
    Michael M. Smith, Shareholder
    Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
    Kerstin L. Valdes Benden, CFO Consumer Business, VP-Finance
    Georgia-Pacific LLC
    Mark Wilson, President & CEO



Executives In Residence 

  • William G. Lako Jr., CFP, Principal
    G.W. Henssler & Associates, Ltd.

    Bob Kilinski, Regional Operating Partner
    Keller Williams Realty International

  • Executives in residence provide coaching and mentoring to Coles College of Business students.

    Bernice Dixon, Founder
    Advising Angels

    Connie L. Engel, Partner
    Childress Klein Properties

    Barry Flink, Executive Vice President and Partner
    FlexHR, Inc.

    John W. Gamble, Founder and Principal
    Tenacity, Inc.

    Rita Izaguirre, Principal, Ideas

    Harry Maziar, President
    Zep Manufacturing Company

    Larry Stevens, Partner (Retired)
    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    Harry Vardis, Founder and Principal
    Creative Focus, Inc.

    Steve Wurzbacher, Principal

    Erin Wolf, Founder and Managing Partner