Kennesaw State awards University of West Georgia president‚ University System of Georgia chief academic officer‚ for student leadership empowerment

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 15‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University’s Center for Student…

Georgia (May 15, 2007) — Kennesaw State awards University of West Georgia president‚ University System of Georgia chief academic officer‚ for student leadership empowerment

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 15‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University’s Center for Student Leadership presented an award Tuesday honoring Beheruz N. Sethna‚ professor and president of the University of West Georgia‚ for his contributions to empowering students to become strong‚ ethical leaders.

“I am very honored and touched by the award‚” said Sethna‚ who also serves as the interim executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. “It also has significant meaning for me because it comes with the endorsement of the students.”

The award was presented to Sethna at a luncheon at the KSU Convocation Center‚ with students from the Center for Student Leadership participating in a discussion with Sethna and KSU President Daniel S. Papp‚ along with Nancy King‚ vice president for student success and enrollment services‚ and Lendley C. Black‚ provost and vice president for academic affairs.

During the program‚ Sethna engaged students in a conversation about the definitions of leadership‚ as well as taking a greater role in helping to define the role models to which others aspire. Students also shared their goals and aspirations‚ including the international service projects which they are considering to embark upon.

“Student leadership is important because it will determine the future of this state‚ the country and the world‚” Sethna said. “It is incredibly important that students have the right resources and approaches to use in future leadership roles.”

KSU’s Center for Student Leadership‚ a unit of Academic Affairs and Student Success and Enrollment Services‚ works to prepare students to become ethical leaders who are engaged in their campus and larger communities.

Brian Wooten‚ director of the center‚ praised Sethna for being an active‚ vital participant in KSU’s student leadership activities.

“His leadership style is very accommodating‚ and he meets the students where they are‚” Wooten said. “He is an incredible‚ inspiring leader‚ and all of our students rave about him.”

On May 4‚ officials also presented a CSL Empowerment Award to Ralph J. Rascati‚ dean of the University College and associate vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State.



For a biography of Sethna‚ visit the Web site of the University of West Georgia at A publication−ready photograph of Sethna is available from the University System of Georgia at

For more information about the Center for Student Leadership‚ visit


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