Tricia Chastain assumed the role of Chief Administrative Officer for Kennesaw State University on May 6, 2019. Prior to her work at KSU, Ms. Chastain served as the Executive Vice Chancellor of Administration for the University System of Georgia (USG). Ms. Chastain managed the business operations for the USG and its 26 institutions in the areas of real estate and facilities, legal affairs, human resources, campus safety, communications and government relations.
In addition to her position with the USG, Chastain also held leadership roles with the Georgia Student Finance Commission and the University of Georgia. She has worked on a number of key issues impacting higher education, including the launch of GAfutures.org, the state’s premier resource to help Georgians plan, apply and pay for college, and the rollout of OneUSG Connect to centralize payroll and benefits for the university system’s 48,000 employees.
In her role as Vice President of Administration at KSU, Chastain provides strategic leadership and vision ensuring that the university maintains proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and ensure operating efficiency. She oversees day-to-day administrative operations, supervising human resources, facilities, event and venue management, process improvement and Campus Services, which includes Housing and Residence Life, the KSU bookstore, Dining Services, Parking and Transportation and the health clinics.
Prior to joining USG, Chastain served as President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission where she led the administration of Georgia's 22 scholarship, grant and loan programs, including the lottery-funded HOPE programs and the Dual Enrollment program. Chastain also served as the Associate Vice President for Government Relations at the University of Georgia for four years. She began her career working with U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson where she held a variety of positions over 11 years.
Chastain is a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2015 and was recognized in 2015 with UGA’s 40 Under 40 Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia.