KSU president emeritus to visit South Africa’s top universities‚ education minister

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 2‚ 2007) — Dr. Betty L. Siegel‚ president emeritus of Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Mar 2, 2007) — KSU president emeritus to visit South Africa’s top universities‚ education minister

Jeremy Craig


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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 2‚ 2007) — Betty L. Siegel‚ president emeritus of Kennesaw State University‚ will embark next week on a three−month trip to some of South Africa’s top universities‚ where she will meet educational leaders in the country.

She has been invited to Stellenbosch University‚ located just east of Cape Town‚ South Africa‚ to assist faculty‚ staff and administrators with helping to improve first−year student retention and success. She will also speak about extending international student networks‚ focusing particularly on global ethical leadership‚ and is expected to serve as the keynote speaker for the university’s Autumn Academy on Teaching and Learning.

Siegel is also expected to meet with Naledi Pandor‚ South Africa’s minister of education‚ and she anticipates visiting other universities across the country‚ including those in Johannesburg‚ Cape Town‚ Pretoria and Durban.

This trip marks Siegel’s second visit to South Africa. In 2006‚ she traveled to the African nation with fellow college and university presidents in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities‚ on a mission to forge ties between educational communities in the United States and South Africa.

The visit to Stellenbosch is part of Siegel’s responsibilities as the Distinguished Chair in the Siegel Institute for Leadership‚ Ethics & Character‚ where she has convened an international network of university‚ business‚ philanthropy‚ and government leaders for Global Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility through the Institute’s signature program The Oxford Conclave on Global Ethics.

Kennesaw State’s second president‚ Siegel stepped down in 2006 after serving for two−and−a−half decades at KSU‚ presiding over the institution’s phenomenal growth from a small state college to a residential university with nearly 20‚000 students and expanding graduate degree programs.

A publication−ready photograph of Siegel at KSU’s Remembrance Rock — paralleling her upcoming visit to South Africa and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain — is available at https://files.kennesaw.edu/staff/jcraig19/Dr%20Siegel%20South%20Africa%20Trip/Dr%20Siegel%20with%20Remembrance%20Rock.jpg.


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in 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 kennesaw.edu