Gov. Perdue to attend leadership conference on the campus of Kennesaw State University

Gov. Sonny Perdue will serve as the keynote speaker for "A Summit Conference on Developing a…

Georgia (Apr 9, 2003) — Gov. Perdue to attend leadership conference on the campus of Kennesaw State University

Jennifer Hafer

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Gov. Sonny Perdue will serve as the keynote speaker for "A Summit Conference on Developing a New Generation of Leaders for North Georgia" on the Kennesaw State University campus April 11.



How higher education can develop into a partner for finding solutions to community challenges will be the focus of the conference‚ which is being hosted by the RTM Center for Leadership‚ Ethics & Character at the KSU Center‚ 3333 Busbee Drive.



As North Georgia continues to grow‚ issues involving aging‚ diversity‚ the balance between economic development and environmental protection‚ K−12 education and historic preservation versus modernization become urgent questions.



More than 1‚200 leaders in business‚ government‚ higher education and the nonprofit sector have been invited to participate in the discussions‚ as the topics relate to the ethical dilemmas posed by growth and the role higher education plays in producing the next generation of leaders to respond to those dilemmas. To underscore the importance of the Summit‚ seven university presidents representing institutions from across North Georgia will attend. Georgia Commissioner of Labor Michael Thurmond will deliver the Blackwell Lecture at 9 a.m.‚ and the RTM Restaurant Group will make a gift presentation to the center at 1 p.m.



"We expect to create a dialogue that will continue on each of these issues‚ on each of the campuses‚ that will permit businesses and nonprofits to communicate more naturally with the leaders in higher education in North Georgia‚" CLEC Director Dr. Judy Stillion said. "Because of recent allegations involving Enron and WorldCom‚ public trust in organizations is at an all time low. It's easy to lose the public trust‚ but it's very hard to get it back and we‚ in higher education‚ must turn−out graduates who understand that and who understand that at a gut level."



There is a $25 registration fee for the conference‚ which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Thanks to a grant from the Georgia Servant Leadership Alliance‚ students can attend the conference at a discounted rate of $10. Online registration is available through CLEC's Web site at http://www.kennesaw.edu/clec.



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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.




A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 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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