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  • Tyler Reinagel

    Dr. Tyler Reinagel

    • Associate Vice President for Economic Development

    Email:  Phone: (470) 578-3365

    • Dr. Reinagel joined Kennesaw State University in July 2021 as associate vice president for economic development. Dr. Reinagel leads KSU’s economic development and community outreach initiatives, building and strengthening relationships with the university’s governmental, corporate, and non-profit partners throughout the Metro Atlanta/Northwest Georgia regions and throughout Georgia.

      Prior to joining KSU, Dr. Reinagel served as director of planning and research with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. In this role, he worked closely with local governments, regional commissions, and community organizations across Georgia comprehensive plan review, GIS and mapping functions, fiscal reporting, and intergovernmental relations. This work included providing testimony to legislative committees, developing administrative rules for statutory programs, and coordinating with partner state offices for inter-agency programmatic requirements. In addition, he oversaw the agency’s legislative fiscal note development, update to the Uniform Chart of Accounts for Local Government in Georgia, and training programs regarding the state’s local hotel-motel excise tax. He worked closely and conducted training/professional development programming with professional organizations including the Georgia Municipal Association, Association County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Association of Regional Commissions, Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Georgia Government Finance Officers Association, and Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association, among many others.

      Before serving at DCA, Dr. Reinagel served as an economist and public policy specialist with the Office of Inspector General for the USPS based in the Washington, D.C. area; assistant professor of political science and public affairs at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.; and senior doctoral fellow at the Fanning Institute, a public service and outreach unit at the University of Georgia.

      Dr. Reinagel earned his B.A. from Fordham University in New York, and his M.P.A. and Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia. His research has focused on state/local budget and finance, intergovernmental relations, and local government management.

    • Kim Henghold

      Mrs. Kimberly Henghold

      • Director, Community Engagement

      Email:   Phone: 470-578-3068

      • Mrs. Henghold joined Kennesaw State University in 2013 from South Florida where she has nearly 20 years of experience working to increase community engagement and has done so in nonprofit, local government, and higher education settings. Prior to working with the university's community engagement initiatives, she was responsible for the oversight and management of the Volunteerism and Service-Learning Support area in Student Affairs.

        Currently, she serves as the director of community engagement in the Office of Research. Mrs. Henghold brings extensive knowledge in outreach and strategic partnerships, volunteer management, recruitment and retention, event planning and implementation and project management.  She has been an active volunteer most of her life and her career has been dedicated to supporting partnerships and engagement that assists the community by addressing societal needs while promoting positive, and lasting change. 

        She provides leadership and support to the Economic Development and Community Engagement office and is responsible for the community engagement initiatives designed to strengthen the university-community relationships through research, education, and public service. In addition to overseeing the office, she helps to coordinate programs and events, special initiatives, and projects for the Office. Kimberly served on the writing team for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement and was selected for the President's Task Force on Community Engagement. 

      • Sarah Young

        Dr. Sarah L. Young

        • Faculty Liaison, Economic Development and Community Engagement
        • Associate Professor, Public Administration


        • Dr. Young joined Kennesaw State University in 2021 as the director of research for KSU CARE Services, a campus support program for students who experienced foster care or homelessness.  Her research uses systems-based approaches to study the intersection of nonprofit and public management, community engagement, and social equity.

          Dr. Young also serves as a faculty liasion for the Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement and is an associate professor in KSU’s School of Government and International Affairs in the Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

          Dr. Young earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University’s Askew School of Public Administration and Policy and her M.B.A. from the University of Tampa. Her dissertation won an Emerging Scholar award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action in 2016.

          Dr. Young is on the editorial boards of the academic journals Teaching Public Administration and Journal of Public Affairs Education. Her research is published in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and other leading academic journals. Dr. Young’s work has also been translated for practitioners and published in mainstream outlets such as Nonprofit Quarterly,, Inside HigherEd, Tampa Bay Times, and The Poynter Institute, among others. 

        • Mrs. Tamia McFarland

          • Administrative Assistant

          Email:   Phone: 470-578-3650

          • Mrs. McFarland joined the Office of Research in 2021 as an administrative assistant for the Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement and the Office of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives. She has four years of administrative experience, including organization and correspondence. Mrs. McFarland holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Columbus State University.  She is credited with establishing a distinguished Air Force Junior Reserve Training Corps unit at Jonesboro High School from 2011-2015. In April 2015, she was awarded the Air Force Association Award for her efforts.