- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - The Latest on the departure of Georgia’s attorney general and the appointment of a replacement (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

Georgia’s governor has appointed his top economic development official to serve as the state’s next attorney general.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday tapped Chris Carr as the state’s top legal authority. Earlier Wednesday, the University System of Georgia’s governing board voted to hire sitting Attorney General Sam Olens as the next president of Kennesaw State University.

Carr is currently the commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development. He previously worked as Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s chief of staff. He’s worked as an attorney for Georgia Pacific, at law firm Alston & Bird and as general counsel for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

Olens, a Republican, was elected in 2010 and easily won re-election in 2014. Georgia’s Constitution provides for Deal to appoint a replacement to complete the term.

3:15 p.m.

Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens has been chosen as the next president of Kennesaw State University.

Members of the University System of Georgia’s governing board on Wednesday voted to hire Olens at a meeting in Atlanta. He will begin on Nov. 1.

Students and faculty at the school have objected to Olens’ taking the helm, upset that a national search wasn’t conducted for the next leader of Georgia’s third largest university. A group of students protested during the morning session of the Board of Regents, briefly interrupting the meeting.

Olens, a Republican, was elected in 2010 and easily won re-election in 2014. Under Georgia’s Constitution, Gov. Nathan Deal will appoint a replacement to complete the term.


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