Kennesaw State University names building in honor of Harold Willingham

The Public and International Affairs Building at Kennesaw State University was named Willingham…

Georgia (Aug 15, 2002) — Kennesaw State University names building in honor of Harold Willingham

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The Public and International Affairs Building at Kennesaw State University was named Willingham Hall‚ in memory of Harold Willingham‚ during an unveiling ceremony Aug. 16‚ hosted by Kennesaw State President Betty L. Siegel and featuring several dignitaries‚ including Gov. Roy E. Barnes‚ Chancellor Thomas Meredith‚ Regent Michael J. Coles‚ State Sen. Steve Thompson and Judge Bob Flournoy Jr.



Willingham‚ who passed away in 2000 at the age of 84‚ was an influential lawyer who is remembered for helping shape a progressive‚ cosmopolitan Cobb County. Among his many accomplishments as the county's representative in the Georgia Legislature from 1946 to 1962‚ Willingham helped establish the Cobb County−Marietta Water and Sewer Authority‚ the Acworth Lake Authority‚ the widening of I−75 and the moving of Southern Polytechnic State University into the county.



As one of the original members of the College Committee in the late 1950s‚ Willingham was a prominent decision maker who helped arrange the complex land and funding requirements to establish Kennesaw Junior College. Later‚ he was part of the group that influenced the Board of Regents to establish a four−year curriculum in the 1970s.



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Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 15‚000 from 118 countries‚ offers 55 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 more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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