• Rita Bailey, Ed.D.

    Dean, Honors College

    Dr. Bailey joined the Honors College in July 2016. She previously served as assistant provost for the Office of International Studies and Programs, the English Language Institute and the Honors Program at Illinois State University. She joined the faculty at Illinois State in 2002 and rose to administrative posts of increasing responsibility. Prior to her academic roles, Dr. Bailey worked as a hospital- and school-based speech-language pathologist, a pediatric dysphagia specialist, hospital administrator and special-education administrator and consultant in multiple educational settings. Dr. Bailey has authored or co-authored nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and other publications. She earned her Ed.D. in special education, a master’s degree in speech pathology and bachelor’s degree in speech pathology/audiology from Illinois State University.

  • Katherine Kinnick, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean, Honors College

    Dr. Kinnick was appointed Associate Dean of the Honors College in 2015, after serving as director of KSU's Dual Enrollment Honors Program for ten years. She held previous positions as interim chair of the Communication department and professor of Communication. Dr. Kinnick is the 2010 recipient of KSU's highest faculty award, the Distinguished Professor Award, and the 2001 recipient of KSU's highest award for teaching, the Distinguished Teaching Award. She has served as president of the Georgia Communication Association and as a Governor's Teaching Fellow. Prior to joining the KSU faculty in 1995, she held positions in agency and non-profit public relations. She holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia, a masters in Communication from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.

  • Zai Sookram

    Business Manager

  • Casey Waldsmith

    Coordinator of Marketing and Communications

  • Faith Gonzales

    Administrative Associate III

Undergraduate Honors Program - Kennesaw Campus

Students should contact the program at


  • Liza Davis, Ph.D.

    Director Emerita, University Honors Program - Kennesaw Campus

  • Julia Morrissey, Ph.D.

     Assistant Director, University Honors Program

  • Michelle Miles, Ph.D.

    Director of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships 

  • Lindsay Williams

    Administrative Associate II

Undergraduate Honors Program - Marietta Campus

Students should contact the program at


Dual Enrollment Honors Program (Both campuses)

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions at or (470) 578-6500.

Currently enrolled students should contact the program at


  • Stacey Solomon

    Director, Dual Enrollment Honors Program

  • Charlotte Canup

    Academic Advisor, Dual Enrollment Honors Program

  • Hilary Battle, MHED

    Academic Advisor, Dual Enrollment Honors Program

  • Melanie Buchanan

    Administrative Associate II