Bob Prillaman receives honorary doctorate from Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University presented Bob M. Prillaman‚ chairman of the WellStar Health System…

Georgia (May 18, 2004) — Bob Prillaman receives honorary doctorate from Kennesaw State University

Karen Kennedy


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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 18) — Kennesaw State University presented Bob M. Prillaman‚ chairman of the WellStar Health System Board of Trustees‚ with its eighth honorary doctorate of humane letters at spring commencement.

KSU president Dr. Betty L. Siegel recognized Prillaman’s achievements when presenting him with his award. “WellStar is a steward of the supreme value of education‚ and we at Kennesaw State consider Bob Prillaman to be among our heroes — representing perhaps best of all what we meant by the phrase we took as our theme last year: ‘The courage to lead for the common good.’”

The longstanding relationship between WellStar and Kennesaw State was strengthened in 2003 when WellStar presented KSU with a gift of more than $3 million and the WellStar College of Health and Human Services‚ WellStar School of Nursing and the WellStar Women’s Wellness Center were named in its honor. As leader of the WellStar board of trustees‚ Prillaman spearheaded the relationship with KSU that led to the name change.

In receiving his award‚ Prillaman told the graduates what being a leader means to him: “Leaders partner with other people. They take an idea that may not have been their own and they push it‚ striving to see it to excellence.”

Other than the earned doctorate‚ the honorary degree is the highest recognition a university can bestow. It is intended to honor a person who has a sustained record of achievements of lasting significance.

Past recipients of KSU’s honorary doctorate include Clarice C. Bagwell‚ Bobbie Bailey‚ Michael J. Coles‚ Fred D. Bentley Sr.‚ John Clendenin‚ Fred Stillwell and James C. Kennedy.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 17‚400 from 129 countries. The third 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 more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-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 126 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. For more information, visit