Kennesaw State University hosts 80th commencement

Kennesaw State University will host its 80th commencement honoring more than 1‚300 graduates in…

Georgia (May 9, 2006) — Kennesaw State University hosts 80th commencement

Karen Kennedy


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


Kennesaw State University will host its 80th commencement honoring more than 1‚300 graduates in three separate ceremonies.

Speakers will be Sunny Park‚ CEO of General Building Maintenance and Global Sun Investments; Oz Nelson‚ retired chairman and CEO of UPS; and Ingrid Saunders Jones‚ senior vice president of The Coca−Cola Co. and chair of The Coca−Cola Foundation. In addition‚ the honorary doctorate will be presented to Jack Dinos. Dinos and his family endowed two eminent scholar chairs in KSU’s Coles College of Business.

This will be Dr. Betty L. Siegel’s final commencement appearance as Kennesaw State president.

Thursday‚ May 11‚ 10 a.m.
Speaker: Sunny Park
Graduates from the Bagwell College of Education and the College of Science and Mathematics will be honored.

Thursday‚ May 11‚ 2 p.m.
Speaker: Oz Nelson
Graduates from the College of the Arts‚ the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and University College will be honored.

Friday‚ May 12‚ 10 a.m.
Speaker: Ingrid Saunders Jones
Honorary doctorate presented to Jack Dinos
Graduates from the Coles College of Business and the WellStar College of Health and Human Services will be honored.

Convocation Center
Kennesaw State University

Bios of speakers and honorary doctorate follow.


Sunny K. Park

CEO‚ General Building Maintenance & Global Sun Investments

Sunny Park‚ the 2004 USO Patriot Award winner and one of the 2005 Most Influential Atlantans according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle and James magazine‚ is CEO of General Building Maintenance‚ a nationwide commercial facility maintenance firm and Global Sun Investments‚ an international real estate investment firm.

General Building Maintenance‚ founded by Park in 1983‚ is a nationwide building maintenance service provider with branch operations in 21 major U. S. cities.
Since 1986‚ Park’s Global Sun Investments has been investing in and developing land in Georgia and Florida for retail shopping centers‚ residential subdivisions and an office complex. He successfully assisted Morgan Stanley Real Estate and Aetos Capital of New York in investing in Korean and Japanese real estate.

Park served on the White House Commission on Asian Americans. In addition‚ he is secretary and treasure of the Georgia Ports Authority and was a 2004 elector of Georgia.

To encourage immigrants to become active in community affairs‚ Park founded the Good Neighboring Campaign. With the “If Sunny Can‚ I Can” program‚ he mentors high school dropouts through the Youth Challenge programs of the National Guard in several states.

Park is a former president of the Federation of Korean American Associations in the United States and was chairman of the 1991 Overseas Korean Conference in Berlin‚ Germany. As a result of his leadership‚ the United States and South Korea enhanced their relationship in both the business and civic arenas‚ leading to measurable economic and social benefits for both nations. In 1996‚ he founded the America Korea Friendship Society to increase understanding between the two nations.

The Daughters of the American Revolution recognized Park’s volunteer work with the Americanism Medal and the National Guard Association presented Park with the distinguished Patrick Henry trophy for his decade−long nationwide efforts for high school dropouts. The president of the Republic of Korea has presented Park with the National Peoples Merit medal. Other accolades include the Small Businessman of the Year Award from the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (1992) and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2000) by Women Looking Ahead magazine. He was inducted a laureate of Junior Achievement of Georgia’s Atlanta Business Hall of Fame in 2004.

Mr. Park’s board memberships include Good Neighboring Foundation‚ Georgia Ports Authority‚ Junior Achievement of Georgia‚ Berry College‚ Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta‚ Georgia Public Policy Foundation‚ National Museum of Patriotism‚ Shepherd Center‚ USO Council of Georgia‚ Emory University and Public Broadcasting Atlanta.

Park has no college degree. He attended Indiana University‚ the Kellogg School of Management and U.S. Army War College National Security seminars.

Kent C. (Oz) Nelson

Chairman and CEO‚ United Parcel Service‚ retired

Oz Nelson is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of United Parcel Service‚ a position he held from November 1989 to December 1998. He continued to serve on the board until 2002 when he stepped down and ended 43 years of service with UPS.

During his period with UPS‚ the company made major investments to broaden its global position and its leadership role in logistical services. Among those investments were significant commitments in information technology to assure instantaneous global communications regarding shipment activities.

While at UPS and since his retirement‚ Nelson has been active with numerous not−for−profit organizations including the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. He serves on the boards of the Carter Center of Emory University‚ the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation‚ the Annie E. Casey Foundation‚ the Jim Casey Youth Opportunity initiative‚ the National Museum of Patriotism‚ the HCA Corp. and the Ball State University Foundation.

He has been active in a number of educational initiatives. He chaired the Partnership for Kentucky School Reform for six years as well as the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Nelson was appointed to the Georgia Governor’s Education Reform Commission and still serves on the Georgia Education Leadership Committee.

A native of Kokomo‚ Ind.‚ Nelson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Ball State University in 1959. Ball State has honored him with two awards: the Distinguished Alumni award in 1991 and the Business Hall of Fame Award in 1990. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from several universities. He currently serves as a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Nelson resides in Atlanta with his wife‚ Ann Starr‚ two cats and a dog. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Ingrid Saunders Jones
Senior Vice President‚ The Coca−Cola Company

Chairperson‚ The Coca−Cola Foundation

Ingrid Saunders Jones is senior vice president of The Coca−Cola Company and chair of The Coca−Cola Foundation. In her capacity as senior vice president of corporate external affairs‚ Jones directs the vision and involvement of The Coca−Cola Company in community‚ philanthropic and civic affairs.

As chair of The Coca−Cola Foundation‚ she leads the company’s philanthropic commitment to education. Under her leadership‚ the foundation has contributed more than $180 million to education including scholarships and programs for students of color‚ first generation college scholarships and initiatives to increase the academic success of students in public and secondary schools. In addition‚ Jones serves on the board of The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation‚ which provides scholarships to high school students from across the country‚ and Camp Coca−Cola‚ a year−round program of leadership development‚ camping‚ community service and education‚ which prepares young people for success.

Earlier in her career‚ Jones spent three years as executive assistant to Maynard Jackson‚ then mayor of Atlanta‚ and two years as legislative analyst for the president of the Atlanta City Council‚ Carl Ware. She is a former executive director of the Detroit Wayne County Child Chare Coordinating Council and also taught in the public schools of Detroit and Atlanta.

A native of Detroit‚ Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Michigan State University and a master’s degree in education at Eastern Michigan University. In recognition of her work in the corporate world‚ as well as her many contributions to civic and community causes‚ Jones’ alma mater‚ Michigan State University‚ presented her with an honorary doctor of humanities degree‚ an award she has also received from the Atlanta College of Art.

A teacher by training‚ Jones’ commitment to education and community development extends beyond the doors of the Coca−Cola corporate headquarters. She is a board member of the Apollo Theater Foundation‚ Clark Atlanta University‚ Congressional Black Caucus Foundation‚ Girls Inc.‚ the Ohio State University President’s Council on Women‚ the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and the Woodruff Arts Center. She also is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and on the board of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.

Recognition of her work and contributions include the 2005 “365 Black” award sponsored by the McDonald’s Corporation‚ the National Urban League’s 2004 Leadership Award; the American Jewish Committee — Atlanta Chapter’s Institute of Human Relations Award; the Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA of Greater Atlanta; the National Council for Research on Women’s Women Who Make A Difference Award; the President’s Award from Morehouse College; the Ohio State University Foundation’s John B. Gerlach Development Award; Georgia State University School of Business Hall of Fame; and the NAACP Legal and Education Fund’s National Equal Justice Award — among others.

Honorary doctorate:

Jack A. Dinos

CEO‚ Southern Tea Co.‚ retired

Jack Dinos and his family have endowed two Eminent Scholar Chairs in Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business‚ the Chair of Private Enterprise and the Chair of Entrepreneurial Management.

Dinos was born in Atlanta‚ Ga.‚ in 1930‚ the son of John and Gina Dinos. After completing public schools in Atlanta‚ he attended the University of Georgia’s Atlanta Division graduating with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing in 1952. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity and a founding member of Pi Sigma Epsilon professional sales fraternity. Following graduation‚ he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and served as engineering officer on the USS Earl K. Olsen‚ DE 765‚ during the Korean Conflict.

Upon completing his active duty military obligation‚ Dinos returned to Atlanta and joined the 50−year−old family business‚ Mocha Coffee Co. In 1958‚ he was named president of the company and held that position until the company was sold in 1968. Also in 1958‚ he and his brother founded the Southern Tea Co. With Dinos as CEO‚ that company grew to become the second largest packer of tea products in North America‚ producing private brand teabags for most of the country’s food chains and foodservice suppliers. In 1990‚ when the company was sold to Tetley Inc.‚ Dinos retired and moved to his Sea Island‚ Ga.‚ home.

Dinos was active in numerous trade associations serving as president of the Southern Coffee Association‚ the Tea Association of the USA and the Tea Council of the USA. He also served as a trustee of the Brandon Hall School in Atlanta‚ the Georgia State University Foundation and on the boards of the Family Enterprise Center and the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. He is also a trustee of the Kennesaw State University Foundation and an honoree of Beta Gamma Sigma and he is a founding director of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation.

In addition to the endowments presented to Kennesaw State‚ Dinos has also endowed a Master Teacher’s Chair at the Lovett School of Atlanta. Also receiving endowments are the Brandon Hall School‚ Coastal Georgia Community College‚ the McIntire School at the University of Virginia and the University of Georgia‚ where he is a member of the Heritage Society for having given major unrestricted gifts and two endowed athletic scholarships.

He is a past commodore of the Allatoona Yacht Club‚ a member of the Sea Island Club‚ the Ocean Forest Golf Club and the Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta.

Dinos has been married for 52 years to the former Mary Ellen Butler of Atlanta. They have four children: John L. Dinos Sr.‚ Virginia D. Reed‚ Susan D. Roche and Bart C. Dinos‚ all of Atlanta‚ and nine grandchildren.


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