John Clendenin receives honorary doctorate from Kennesaw State

John L. Clendenin‚ retired chairman and chief executive officer of BellSouth Corporation…

Georgia (May 23, 2001) — John Clendenin receives honorary doctorate from Kennesaw State



John L. Clendenin‚ retired chairman and chief executive officer of BellSouth Corporation‚ received Kennesaw State University's fifth doctor of humane letters at commencement ceremonies May 15 at the Atlanta Civic Center. In addition to achieving great professional success during 41 years in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry‚ Clendenin has "distinguished himself as community steward‚" said Kennesaw State President Betty L. Siegel.

Clendenin‚ who now splits his time between Atlanta and West Palm Beach‚ Fla.‚ has served as chair of the Atlanta and U.S. Chambers of Commerce‚ the United Way Campaign‚ the Woodruff Arts Center‚ the National Alliance of Business and the Committee for Economic Development. Additionally‚ he has led the national Boy Scouts and Junior Achievement organizations and served on the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross.

Clendenin and his wife‚ Ann‚ have pledged their support for Kennesaw State University. Two years ago‚ they donated $1 million toward a new computer science and mathematics building. Construction on the Ann and John Clendenin Computer Science and Mathematics Building‚ will begin later this year. "We feel so strongly about the role that Kennesaw State University plays in the community‚" Clendenin said‚ "it is a privilege to be involved in the evolution of this outstanding institution."


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 13‚500‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit