Kennesaw State University honors alumni for outstanding achievements

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 30‚ 2006) — Approximately 200 people attended Kennesaw State University’s…

Georgia (Oct 30, 2006) — Kennesaw State University honors alumni for outstanding achievements

Christina Hogan


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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 30‚ 2006) — Approximately 200 people attended Kennesaw State University’s annual homecoming luncheon Saturday‚ at which four alumni and one professor were honored for their outstanding achievements.

Alumni Achievement Awards

Billy Hayes

Hayes is a 2001 alumnus of the executive MBA program. A native of Gadstone‚ Ala.‚ he has more than 15 years of experience in the health care profession. Currently‚ Hayes serves as CEO of Northside Hospital−Cherokee‚ where he has grown the gross revenue over $81 million in the first two years. He also serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs‚ the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce‚ the Georgia Hospital Association‚ the Highland Rivers Center‚ the YMCA of Canton and the Coles College of Business. Hayes and his wife‚ Brittany‚ have three children and are expecting twins this winter.

Roy Johansen

Johansen graduated in 1983 with a degree in management and entrepreneurship. His first screenplay‚ “Murder 101‚” was produced for television and won both an Edgar Award and a Focus Award. He is also the author of “The Answer Man‚” “Beyond Belief” and “Back to Hannibal.” Johansen has also collaborated with Stan Lee in creating “The Accuser” comic book superhero. Additionally‚ he has written projects for Walt Disney Pictures‚ MGM‚ United Artists‚ Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios. Johansen and his wife‚ Lisa‚ live in southern California.

David Miller

Miller‚ the first lifetime member of the KSU Alumni Association‚ enrolled in Kennesaw College after retiring from the United States Air Force in 1975. He graduated in 1980 with a degree in criminal justice. Miller spent most of his college years working as a real estate agent for Caldwell Banker and has continued his passion for investing in real estate. He is also an avid traveler‚ spending most of his time exploring the world. Miller is a resident of Kennesaw.

Sentinel Alumni Distinction Award

Under Erika Busby Neldner’s leadership as editor−in−chief‚ the student newspaper grew and flourished in 1994. Her success has continued in her professional life as she now serves as assistant managing editor of the Cherokee Ledger News.

Betty L. Siegel Award

Linda Stewart‚ an English instructor at KSU since 1998‚ is this year’s recipient of the Betty L. Siegel Award‚ which is presented annually in recognition of an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies the qualities of scholarship‚ leadership and service. Instituted in 1992‚ the award is named for the second president of KSU. Nominations are submitted by students‚ student groups or classes.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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