Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Four of the five Kennesaw State cheerleaders who took a knee three weeks ago during the Kennesaw State football game, take a knee once again out of sight of the fans under the visitors’ bleachers, during the national anthem before an NCAA college football game between Kennesaw State and Gardner-Webb in Kennesaw, Ga. Kennesaw State, which moved its football cheerleaders inside a stadium tunnel after a group of black cheer squad members knelt during the national anthem, has decided to let them again take the field during pre-game ceremonies. (Kelly J. Huff/The Marietta Daily Journal via AP, File)
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Two committees have been named to search for a new president for Georgia’s third-largest public university.

Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens announced in December that he would step down effective Feb. 15. The decision came after Olens was criticized for his response to cheerleaders kneeling during the national anthem before Kennesaw State football games.

Olens previously served as Georgia’s attorney general.

The Board of Regents said in a news release it has named a 14-member search committee that includes Kennesaw State faculty, students and alumni to begin work finding a new president this month. It will send a list of finalists to a committee of seven Board of Regents members.

Kennesaw State University is located in Cobb County north of Atlanta. It has an enrollment of roughly 35,000 students.

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