KSU president receives Howard Washington Thurman Award

The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel recently presented Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Dec 13, 2005) — KSU president receives Howard Washington Thurman Award

Karen Kennedy


Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel recently presented Kennesaw State University President Betty L. Siegel with its Howard Washington Thurman Ecumenical Award. This award is given to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to humanity in interfaith‚ interdenominational and interracial spiritual and ethical development.

Howard Thurman‚ a 1923 graduate of Morehouse College‚ was a pastor‚ poet‚ critic and educator. Through his many books‚ articles‚ sermons and counsel‚ Thurman reached a wide variety of audiences and continues to do so today. In 1953‚ Life magazine identified Thurman as one of the twelve greatest preachers of the century. The younger generation of Civil Rights movement leaders—Martin Luther King Jr.‚ Whitney Young‚ Vernon Jordan and James Farmer to name a few—regularly sought his pastoral guidance and political counsel.

Siegel received the award in a formal ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Nov. 17. During the same program‚ a portrait of Rosa Parks was unveiled for hanging in the International Hall of Honor in the chapel. Members of Parks’ family attended the program.


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 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