Kennesaw State University celebrates 40th anniversary

Kennesaw State University will host a special convocation ceremony Oct. 16 to kick off a yearlong…

Georgia (Sep 12, 2003) — Kennesaw State University celebrates 40th anniversary

Frances Weyand


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Kennesaw State University will host a special convocation ceremony Oct. 16 to kick off a yearlong celebration honoring the 40th anniversary of its charter.

In October 1963‚ the University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved the creation of a new institution‚ tentatively named Cobb County Junior College. Forty years and several name changes later‚ Kennesaw State University is a thriving institution of choice‚ one of the largest units in the university system and one of the top three publicly engaged universities in the nation.

The theme of this anniversary year‚ “40 Years of Excellence: Daring to Dream and Do‚” captures the university spirit that has spanned four decades and continues today. Other celebrations of excellence this year will focus on core values that have made Kennesaw State a significant force in higher education: student success‚ internationalization‚ ethical leadership‚ civic engagement‚ academic excellence and research. Examples of these values will be highlighted through publications‚ special events and other university initiatives.

“Of course‚ we will be celebrating much more than our past over the coming months‚” KSU President Betty L. Siegel said. “Like those first founders‚ we will be
concentrating primarily on our future‚ and the good stewardship required to build on our short but storied history. Our momentum is strong as we move toward that future.”

Anniversary committee co−chairs Kathleen Neitzel‚ associate vice president of development‚ and Dr. Wesley Wicker‚ interim vice president for university advancement‚ will organize and lead the celebration of KSU’s 40−year history.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 18‚000 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