Dr. Wesley K. Wicker has been named vp for university advancement

Following a national search‚ Dr. Wesley K. Wicker has been named to the position of vice…

Georgia (Dec 5, 2005) — Dr. Wesley K. Wicker has been named vp for university advancement

Karen Kennedy


Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations at 770−423−6203

Following a national search‚ Dr. Wesley K. Wicker has been named to the position of vice president for advancement at Kennesaw State University. In addition‚ Wicker has taken over the helm of the Kennesaw State Foundation as executive director.

“Dr. Wicker brings to the position of vice president a unique combination of knowledge of the metro−Atlanta community‚ a proven record of friend and fund raising‚ and considerable experience and understanding of the needs of higher education‚” said KSU President Betty L. Siegel when she announced his appointment.

Wicker was named interim vice president for advancement in September 2002. Prior to his appointment‚ he served as vice president of major gifts for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta for five and a half years‚ where he oversaw an increase in annual gifts to the Alexis de Tocqueville Society (minimum annual gifts of $10‚000) from 277 members to 1‚010 in five years. Under his leadership‚ gifts to the Johnnetta B. Cole Society for Leadership (minimum annual gifts of $1‚000) grew from 5‚000 to more than 10‚000 member−contributors. Contributions to both societies set national records within the United Way and became model programs for the United Way of America.

Wicker earned a doctorate in higher education administration from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia in 1990‚ a master’s degree in history from Georgia Southwestern in 1985 and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alabama in 1981.

“It’s a great honor‚ and I appreciate the confidence of the president‚ as well as the board of trustees‚” Wicker said.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚500 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 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 more than 150 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 kennesaw.edu