7 Gary Benjamin Roberts, Ph.D. 8

E-mail: Gary_Roberts@coles2.kennesaw.edu

Gary Benjamin Roberts is Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration at Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Georgia. He attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, earning a B.A. degree in history, and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. In 1977, he received a master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University, majoring in finance. That same year, he was elected to membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Georgia State University in 1982.

Dr. Roberts has served as a consultant for numerous organizations, including IBM, AT&T, Siemens Allis, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Department of the Army, First Railroad and Banking Company, IBM of Canada, IT&T, Firestone, Crown Cork and Seal, The University of Tennessee, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Georgia Community Bankers Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the Marietta-Cobb Winter Shelter (The Extension) for nine years. Dr. Roberts has been a Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellow since 1987. Dr. Roberts is Director of Information for the Corporate Governance Center in the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State.

A decorated Vietnam and Desert Storm Veteran, Roberts is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.  He was awarded paratrooper wings, a ranger tab, the pathfinder badge, and the combat infantry badge during his time with the Army.

Professional organizations of which Dr. Roberts is a member include: The Academy of Management, The Southern Management Association, and The International Council for Small Business. He does research primarily concerning strategic management, total quality issues, and entrepreneurship. He has a number of publications in the area of business policy, strategy in not-for-profit organizations, quality, management history, and small business. He received the Coles College of Business' Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993 and the Coles College of Business' Distinguished Service Award in 2000.