Thomas M. Holder receives honorary doctorate from Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp today presented Thomas M. Holder‚ chairman and…

Georgia (Dec 12, 2007) — Thomas M. Holder receives honorary doctorate from Kennesaw State University

Jennifer Hafer

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Dec. 12‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp today presented Thomas M. Holder‚ chairman and CEO of Holder Construction Company‚ with its 11th honorary doctorate of humane letters.

The honorary degree is one of the highest and most notable recognitions that a university can bestow. It is intended to honor a person who has a sustained record of achievement of lasting significance to the university‚ the community‚ the nation‚ his or her profession‚ or humanity.

“Through the years‚ Thomas M. Holder has made enormous contributions to the growth and success of Kennesaw State‚” Papp said. “His business acumen is unrivaled‚ and that has translated into unparalleled service to not only KSU‚ but to the greater Atlanta area as well.”

Holder is a 1979 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Kennesaw State University Foundation since 1995‚ serving as chairman for five years. He is affiliated with a number of community organizations‚ including the Woodruff Arts Center and the Young President’s Organization.

Holder Construction Company is a national‚ commercial construction services firm with experience in 25 states and annual revenues of more than $1 billion. Holder began his career with the company in 1978 and held many positions before he was named to his current office‚ where he is responsible for executive leadership and overall company operations. Projects of Holder Construction have included the Georgia Dome‚ Philips Arena‚ Gwinnett Arena‚ the World Headquarters of the Coca−Cola Company‚ Technology Square at Georgia Tech and the new World of Coke Attraction in downtown Atlanta.

Past recipients of KSU’s honorary doctorate include Clarice C. Bagwell‚ Bobbie Bailey‚ Michael J. Coles‚ Fred D. Bentley Sr.‚ John Clendenin‚ Fred Stillwell‚ James C. Kennedy‚ Bob M. Prillaman‚ Jack Dinos and Dennis Cooper.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 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.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-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 92 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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