James C. Kennedy receives honorary doctorate from Kennesaw State

James Cox Kennedy‚ chairman and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises Inc.‚…

Georgia (May 19, 2003) — James C. Kennedy receives honorary doctorate from Kennesaw State

Karen Kennedy


James Cox Kennedy‚ chairman and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises Inc.‚ received Kennesaw State University's seventh doctor of humane letters at commencement ceremonies May 15 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.

"We are proud to be able to honor a man who has proven that business leadership is about more than just profit‚" KSU President Betty L. Siegel said.

Kennedy spoke to the graduates on the importance of ethical leadership‚ saying‚ "Despite all the turmoil we live in the greatest country in the world because those who've come before us led for the common good."

Kennedy has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises since January 1988. During his tenure‚ Cox Enterprises has increased in size nearly fivefold‚ growing annual revenues from $1.8 billion in 1988 to more than $9.9 billion at year−end 2002. Today‚ Cox is a top−10 nationally ranked player‚ based on revenues‚ in every major category where it competes. The company has 77‚000 employees located throughout the United States and abroad‚ and operates 300 separate businesses.

In addition to running a nationally renowned company‚ Kennedy serves on the boards of Flagler System Inc.‚ Ducks Unlimited‚ the PATH Foundation (People of Atlanta for Trails Here) and the Women's United Soccer Association. He is also president of Wetlands America Trust Inc.

Kennedy's and Cox Enterprises' ties to Kennesaw State date to 1995 when the company took notice of the estate tax work the Family Enterprise Center was doing and supported the center's research with a grant. The Family Enterprise Center was renamed the Cox Family Enterprise Center in 2000 in recognition of Cox Enterprises and the James M. Cox Foundation's continued support. Cox Enterprises also sponsors an annual scholarship to Kennesaw State through the Atlanta Journal−Constitution.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 123 countries. The fourth largest state university 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 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 kennesaw.edu