The Courage to Lead for the Common Good

It has already been a remarkable fall semester at Kennesaw State University. The weekend before the opening of school‚ I had the great pleasure of joining our first residential students as they moved their belongings into apartments at University Place. I remembered moving my own sons into their college dormitories many years ago‚ and I reflected on what an amazing rite of passage it was. A new world opens up to residential students as they become part of an extended community of learners‚ and‚ indeed‚ this sense of promise was palpable at University Place on that late August morning.

Georgia (Aug 1, 2003) — It has already been a remarkable fall semester at Kennesaw State University. The weekend before the opening of school‚ I had the great pleasure of joining our first residential students as they moved their belongings into apartments at University Place. I remembered moving my own sons into their college dormitories many years ago‚ and I reflected on what an amazing rite of passage it was. A new world opens up to residential students as they become part of an extended community of learners‚ and‚ indeed‚ this sense of promise was palpable at University Place on that late August morning.



This “living learning” community changes our campus in fundamental ways‚ even as we are deepening our commitment to the core values of our institution. Over the last several years‚ we have been highlighting our obligations to our profession‚ our colleagues‚ our students‚ and the various publics we serve. During year−long campaigns dedicated to the themes of service‚ collaboration‚ engagement‚ and significance‚ we have considered more fully our role as educators and renewed our energy and purpose both in and out of the classroom.



A Kennesaw State education has long been much more than a collection of courses or a ticket to a trade‚ but now we are asking more significant questions about the deeper meaning of education and our ability to make lasting contributions to the larger public good. More is expected of us now as a true university of character‚ and our momentum is strong.



Sincerely‚







Betty L. Siegel





 

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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