Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher to speak at Siegel Institute

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher will speak to a Kennesaw State University audience on…

Georgia (Feb 15, 2008) — Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher to speak at Siegel Institute

Karen Pressley


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Frances Weyand Harrison

Contact: Karen Pressley‚ Public Relations Specialist for the Siegel Institute for Leadership‚ Ethics and Character‚ 770−499−3307 or 678−640−0535‚ or

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Feb. 15‚ 2008) −− Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher will speak to a Kennesaw State University audience on ways the country can reduce racial disparities in America's broken health care system during a speech at 7 p.m. Feb. 19.

Satcher will speak at the KSU Center‚ 3333 Busbee Drive‚ Kennesaw‚ as part of the Siegel Institute's "Why Leadership and Ethics Matter Speaker Series: on the role of leadership in the reduction and ultimate elimination of disparities in health‚ with a reception preceding the speech at 6:30 p.m.

Satcher was the 16th U.S. Surgeon General from 1998 to 2002‚ and served as the assistant U.S. Secretary for Health 1998−2001.

He was the first person in history to hold both positions simultaneously‚ and the first African−American male surgeon general since the position was created after the Civil War. He is the first surgeon general to be commissioned as a four−star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps to reflect his dual offices.

Satcher is respected for his service in medicine and health care‚ including his roles as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)‚ director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta‚ and faculty at the University of California‚ Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine.

He is the recipient of many honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors‚ including top awards from the American Medical Association‚ the New York Academy of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award‚ and the Jimmy Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions for the Health of Humankind.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for the KSU campus. For more information about the event‚ visit


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.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-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 126 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. For more information, visit