RTM Restaurant Group gives $1 million to Kennesaw State University Center for Leadership‚ Ethics & Character

RTM Restaurant Group −− an organization founded on the principles of dreaming big…

Georgia (Feb 10, 2003) — RTM Restaurant Group gives $1 million to Kennesaw State University Center for Leadership‚ Ethics & Character

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RTM Restaurant Group −− an organization founded on the principles of dreaming big‚ playing fair and making a difference −−recently announced that it would contribute an initial gift of $1 million to the Center for Leadership‚ Ethics & Character at Kennesaw State University.



"This represents the largest gift the center has received‚" said Dr. Judith Stillion‚ director of the center. "The $1 million gift will go toward an endowment to fund projects and programs for the center‚ as well as an endowment to fund a Distinguished Chair in Ethical Leadership that will be named for Kennesaw State University President Dr. Betty L. Siegel."



"Kennesaw State has long been committed to making lasting contributions to the larger public good‚" said Dr. Siegel. "With this generous and long−lasting support from RTM Restaurant Group‚ we are able to further our commitment through the Center for Leadership‚ Ethics & Character."



The gift was publicly announced by Russ Umphenour‚ RTM president and CEO at KSU's fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 20‚ 2002. Umphenour challenged the graduates to incorporate ethics into their professional decisions and professional lives. He also spoke of the importance of character in today's society.



Dennis Cooper‚ RTM's chairman and a member of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees‚ was one of the driving forces behind the contribution and views the gift as the beginning of a long−term relationship between RTM and Kennesaw State. Part of this relationship includes senior management at RTM teaching one day each year on the Kennesaw campus. Cooper also foresees the expansion of RTM's strong leadership development program to include working with faculty at the center and engaging students in leadership programs.



"This is a dynamic partnership‚ marrying an academic center with a large for−profit corporation‚ for a long−term relationship‚" stated Interim Vice President for University Advancement Dr. Wesley Wicker. "Furthermore‚ it is a wonderful gesture‚ honoring Dr. Siegel with a Distinguished Chair in Ethical Leadership in her name."



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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 41,000 students. With 11 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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