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What You Should Know / March 21, 2011 -- A top Kent State University official will remain there, after his hiring at Georgia’s Kennesaw State University became a point of controversy in the local press. Timothy Chandler, Kent State’s senior associate provost, announced Thursday he is staying at Kent State, less than one month after Kennesaw State named him as its next provost. Chandler was set to take over as the No. 2 official at Kennesaw State on July 11. The university, located in Kennesaw, Ga., 30 miles northwest of Atlanta, has 22,500 students enrolled. In a March 5 column in the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta, Ga., three columnists compared a 1998 Journal of Higher Education article Chandler co-authored with Kent State professor Walter Davis to work by Socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, former Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev or a writer for the Daily Worker, a Communist Party newspaper. Chandler said he was shocked a 13-year-old paper including critiques of capitalism led to the controversy. “It was not something I would have expected to see coming,” he said. “I was absolutely just totally flabbergasted by it.” The Marietta Daily Journal columnists quoted Davis and Chandler’s paper as stating the United States is “the most violent nation-state in history” and argue the authors had an “obvious fondness for Marx and vehement dislike for Capitalism.” Karl Marx, the 19th century philosopher and economist, was the author of “The Communist Manifesto.”

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