KSU President Betty L. Siegel receives distinguished alumni award

President Betty L. Siegel recently received the 2003 Peabody Award from the School of Education at…

Georgia (Oct 2, 2003) — KSU President Betty L. Siegel receives distinguished alumni award

Frances Weyand


Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

CHAPEL HILL‚ N.C. — President Betty L. Siegel recently received the 2003 Peabody Award from the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Peabody Award is the highest honor presented by the School of Education and is given to an outstanding individual who has made an extraordinary impact on the field of education.

This prestigious award was presented at the School of Education’s annual award reception and luncheon held at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the campus of UNC at Chapel Hill Sept. 20.

“Dr. Siegel was chosen for this award because she has demonstrated a commitment to local education issues of the state of North Carolina and national issues and problems confronting education‚” Laurie Norman‚ associate director for alumni relations and special events‚ said.

A pioneer in the field of education‚ Dr. Siegel forged a path for women as she achieved a remarkable series of “firsts.” Before her tenure at Kennesaw State University‚ Dr. Siegel was the first woman academic dean at Western Carolina University in the School of Education.

Prior to that‚ she was the first woman dean of academic affairs for continuing education at the University of Florida. She was also the first woman and first educator to chair the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce in Cobb County‚ Georgia‚ a term of service which coincided with planning and hosting of the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.

Dr. Siegel was the first woman to lead an institution in the 34−unit University System of Georgia‚ and the longest serving woman university president in the nation. She has been at Kennesaw State University since 1981. During her 22−year administration‚ the university has evolved from a four−year college to its current university status. Its enrollment has grown dramatically‚ from 4‚000 students in 1981 to nearly 17‚500 today. Its program offerings have nearly quadrupled during the same time‚ from 15 baccalaureate programs to its current array of 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Previous recipient of the Peabody Award include such notables as former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton‚ 2002; Dr. Philip C. Schlechty‚ president and CEO of the Center for Leadership in School Reform‚ in Louisville‚ Ky.‚ 2001; and former North Carolina Gov. James G. Hunt Jr.‚ 2000.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 17‚500 from 123 countries. The fourth largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 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