ATLANTA — Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says if he’s chosen to lead Kennesaw State University, he will try to earn support on campus.

Olens’ first comments on the issue came Tuesday after he won the approval of a committee of the Board of Regents, which governs the University System of Georgia. The full board plans to discuss Olens’ appointment as Kennesaw State’s next president on Oct. 12.

If Olens leaves his post, Gov. Nathan Deal would appoint a replacement through 2016.

Students and faculty at Georgia’s third largest university have objected to Olens, in part because he hasn’t held education leadership roles.

According to a letter dated Sept. 28 and released Tuesday, Olens says his government work will benefit him but says he will work hard to learn in the role.