ATLANTA -- As expected, Timothy S. Mescon was named the fourth president of Columbus State University Wednesday by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
Mescon, dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, was approved by the Regents during a scheduled meeting. It had been clear for almost a month that Mescon, 53, was the choice to replace Frank Brown, who is retiring at the end of the month. Brown has led CSU for two decades and spent more than 26 years at the university.
Mescon, who was not at the Regents meeting, said he anticipates starting his new job in early August.
"I would love to be there in time to meet the faculty, go to new student events before school starts," Mescon said.
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Classes start August 21. The university will celebrate its 50th anniversary on September 25.
Mescon was one of seven candidates brought to the Columbus campus for two days of interviews in April. He was one of four names the CSU Presidential Search and Advisory Committee submitted to the Board of Regents on May 2.
In addition to Mescon, the committee sent the names of Jane T. Upshaw, chancellor of the University of South Carolina Beaufort; Patrick Schloss, president of Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.; and Charles F. Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
At that point, the decision was in the hands of the Special Regents' Committee for the presidential search at Columbus State University, chaired by Columbus native Donald M. Leebern Jr.
Mescon, Harrington and Upshaw were interviewed May 5 in Atlanta by the Regents committee. Schloss, the last candidate to visit CSU's campus in late April, withdrew before the Atlanta interviews. Upshaw withdrew the day after the Atlanta interviews.
"We had three great candidates submitted to the board," Leebern said Wednesday just before the Regents' vote. "That's a compliment to Columbus State University and the quality and caliber of its education.
Leebern said while the field of candidates was strong, Mescon clearly stood out.
"Tim had so many great attributes you can't name them all," he said. "We'll welcome him and work hard to make sure he's successful."
Mescon had been at Kennesaw State for 18 years and built Coles College into a respected business school that offers undergraduate, MBAs and doctorate degrees.
The 2008 edition of Princeton Review named the Coles College one of the best business schools in the nation. The executive MBA program, among the largest in the U.S., was ranked third in the nation in e-business and 10th in teamwork by Business Week.
"For nearly two decades, Tim Mescon has worked tirelessly and with great success to build the reputation, programs and outreach of KSU's Michael J. Coles College of Business," said Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp. "He has been innovative and forward-thinking in his approach to business education. Under Tim's leadership, Coles has become one of the best and biggest business school programs in the state and in the country."
He will be missed, Papp said.
"From the impressive faculty that he recruited, to the cultivation of high-profile alumni and business leaders, to the extensive marketing efforts that he undertook," Papp said. "Tim pulled out all of the stops to get the college recognized on the national map. We are extremely grateful for his immense contributions to KSU, and wish him well as he assumes the presidency of Columbus State University."
Mescon's father Mike Mescon was a legendary business school dean at Georgia State University. Mike Mescon was a finalist for the Georgia State presidency in 1990.