KSU President Betty L. Siegel receives honorary doctorate

A Georgia university president‚ Dr. Betty L. Siegel‚ received the honorary Doctor of…

Georgia (Jan 3, 2003) — KSU President Betty L. Siegel receives honorary doctorate



MOREHEAD‚ Ky. −− A Georgia university president‚ Dr. Betty L. Siegel‚ received the honorary Doctor of Public Service degree during Winter Commencement at Morehead State University on Saturday‚ Dec. 14. During the ceremony‚ nearly 450 graduate and undergraduate students were candidates for degrees that were presented by Morehead State President Ronald G. Eaglin. The importance of education was emphasized amidst the cheers as family members took photographs and videotaped the Winter Commencement exercises at MSU.

The honored Dr. Siegel is the first woman to head an institution in the 34−unit University System of Georgia‚ where she recently celebrated her 20th anniversary as president. Under her administration‚ Kennesaw State University has evolved from a four−year college with an enrollment of 4‚000 students and 15 baccalaureate−degree programs to its current status of more than 15‚500 students and 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Since taking the helm at Kennesaw State‚ Dr. Siegel has been cited for the perspective she has brought to institutional planning‚ her emphasis on teamwork and group interaction‚ and the institutional initiatives and high profile activities that brought the university excellent visibility in the local and state communities. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) selected KSU as one of the top three colleges and universities in its nationwide competition focusing on "The President and the Public."

Active in numerous professional organizations‚ Dr. Siegel is an internationally known lecturer on leadership and has been a long−time member and former chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She was the first woman and the first educator to hold a leadership position in the Cobb Chamber of Commerce‚ one of the largest chambers in the country. She received the Outstanding Alumni for Kentucky (OAK) Award from the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education for achieving "national stature and reputation" in her chosen career.

Before coming to Kennesaw State‚ Dr. Siegel was the first woman dean of academic affairs for continuing education at the University of Florida in the early 1970s and the first woman academic dean at Western Carolina University in the School of Education and Psychology in the late 1970s. She is a former faculty member at Indiana University and Lenoir−Rhyne College.

Dr. Siegel earned an Associate of Arts degree from Cumberland College‚ a bachelor's degree in English and history from Wake Forest University‚ a M.Ed. degree from the University of North Carolina‚ and the Ph.D. degree from Florida State University.

She and her husband‚ Dr. Joel H. Siegel‚ have two sons and two grandchildren.


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 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