Mr. Bobby Olive

In 1971, Mr. Bobby Olive became the first African-American faculty member at KSU. Mr. Olive worked as a counselor for the Higher Education Achievement Program (HEAP) and was instrumental in recruiting students from diverse racial/ethnic and economic backgrounds. Mr. Olive went on to direct the TRIO program at Atlanta Metropolitan State College where he then became Director of Athletic and Student Support Services and later Vice President for Student Affairs. Mr. Olive is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of 100 Black Men, a group that advocates educational success for black youth.

To learn more about Mr. Olive's personal history, advocacy, and thoughts on diversity, view his videos:


Growing Up in Paris, TN

The Beginning of Higher Education Advancement Program (HEAP)

The Only Brother on Campus

JB Stoner Visits Kennesaw College