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 the Coles College is inspired to achieve excellence. Our educators are experts in their fields, our staff provide valuable support that empowers students to achieve their goals, and our graduates leave the College prepared to excel in a globalized business landscape.
As one of the world’s top business schools, Coles stays on the leading edge of business education and engagement by:
- 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.
- 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 Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center brings students, faculty, and area business owners together to solve real-world business
- Conducting quality research that influences decision-making at top organizations. A Brigham Young University report ranks Kennesaw State 61st in the world for publishing accounting research
in top accounting journals. We are also ranked 18th in auditing research, 6th in accounting
education research, and 24th in overall breadth of research published.
- 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.
Robin Cheramie, PhD
Dean, Coles College of Business and Professor of Management
The Coles College dedicated leadership team includes the following:
Robin Cheramie, Dean of Coles College of Business
Hope Baker, Associate Dean for Assessment and Undergraduate Programs
Lisa Duke, Assistant Dean, Administration & Operations
Brett Katzman, Interim Associate Dean of Faculty and Research
Academic Department Heads
David Burns, Chair, Marketing and Professional Sales
Khawaja Saeed, Chair of the Department of Information Systems
Raj Veliyath, Interim Director, Michael A. Leven School of Management, Entrepreneurship and Hospitality and Professor of Management
Steve Smalt, Director, School of Accountancy
Aniruddha Bagchi, Interim Chair, Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis
The advisory board provides the Coles College administration with support and advice regarding policies, programs, and the direction of the College, among other duties.
Advisory Board MembersMr. Robert L. Bachrach
Retired Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
Congregation Etz ChaimMs. Nancy Berger
AVP-Consumer Billing & Delivery Innovations
AT&T- Financial Billing OperationsMs. Sarah Boone
G2 Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services, Inc.Mr. Michael Chriszt
Vice President and Public Affairs Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of AtlantaMr. Kirk Gadebusch
Spyglass SolutionsMr. Chris K. Gruehn
Pinnacle Financial PartnersMr. Joseph Handy
President & COO
Georgia AquariumMs. Cindy Hannafey
UHY Advisors GA, Inc.Ms. Kristi B. Johnson, CPA
Windham BrannonMr. William (Bil) G. Lako, Jr., CFP
Executive in Residence
Principal, Managing Director
Henssler FinancialDr. Philip N. McCullough
McCullough Consulting, LLCMr. Rotimi Olumide
Modern Workplace Sales Leader (Americas)
World Wide Specialist SalesMs. Sheri Pitcher
Vice President, Operations
Pathbuilders, Inc.Mr. Lee Rhyant
Executive in Residence
President, LER Solutions, LLC
Retired Executive Vice President and General Manager
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics CompanyMr. Michael E. Russell
President, MBA, CTP
EtsSolutionsMr. Douglas Shore
Co-Founder, Chairman, and Co-CEO, Retired
Shore-Varrone, IncMr. Michael M. Smith
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PCMs. Robyn Smith
Executive Vice President
Jackson HealthcareMr. Brent Uken, CFA, ASA
Ernst & Young, Transaction Advisory ServicesMs. Kerstin L. Valdes Benden
CFO Consumer Business, VP-Finance
Georgia-Pacific LLCMr. Mark Wilson
President & CEO
Executives In Residence
Michael J. Coles
Co-creator of Great American Cookie Company
Former CEO of Caribou Coffee
Past Executives In Residence
Executives in residence provide coaching and mentoring to Coles College of Business students.
William G. Lako Jr., CFP, Principal
G.W. Henssler & Associates, Ltd.
Bob Kilinski, Regional Operating Partner
Keller Williams Realty International
Bernice Dixon, Founder
Connie L. Engel, Partner
Childress Klein Properties
Barry Flink, Executive Vice President and Partner
John W. Gamble, Founder and Principal
Rita Izaguirre, Principal, Ideas
Harry Maziar, President
Zep Manufacturing Company
Larry Stevens, Partner (Retired)
Harry Vardis, Founder and Principal
Creative Focus, Inc.
Steve Wurzbacher, Principal
Erin Wolf, Founder and Managing Partner