President emeritus addresses global ethics and leadership

Betty L. Siegel‚ president emeritus at Kennesaw State University‚ will speak on global ethics and…

Georgia (Jan 4, 2008) — President emeritus addresses global ethics and leadership

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Dec. 18‚ 2007) −− Betty L. Siegel‚ president emeritus at Kennesaw State University‚ will speak on global ethics and social responsibility on Tuesday‚ Jan. 8 as part of the institute's "Why Leadership and Ethics Matter" speaker series.

The event starts with a reception at 6:30 p.m. at the KSU Center‚ 3333 Busbee Drive‚ Kennesaw‚ followed by an address at 7 p.m.

A new book written in her honor‚ "Wintering Into Wisdom‚" will be presented and available for signing after the evening's activities.

Siegel's dreams for retirement after 25 years of presidency at Kennesaw State did not include visions of kicking back or slowing down. “Retirement set me free to pursue my goals‚” she insisted‚ in 2006. It's been no easy task keeping up with her projects and honorable mentions since then.

In early 2007‚ she spent three months in South Africa at Stellenbosch University‚ creating special programs for students and her "Imbizu" program for women. This summer‚ the Safe America Foundation of Marietta named their new 6‚700 square foot facility the Siegel Leadership Center for Safety & Health Innovation‚ honoring her as the founding chair and long−time supporting friend. This fall‚ Stephen R. Covey‚ author of "The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People" and "The Eighth Habit" endorsed her signature program‚ the Oxford Conclave on Global Ethics. She's proceeding with plans to convene this conclave in 2008 in Oxford‚ England.

This December‚ she received special recognition at the Ethics Advocate Awards held by the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility of Georgia State University at the Carter Center. The Center acknowledged her work of more than two decades leading national and international initiatives encouraging universities to focus on the development of ethical leadership for a global society.

Betty Siegel is one of the most popular public figures in Georgia‚ having been named as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s most influential Georgians on five occasions. Calling herself “a coal miner’s daughter from Kentucky‚” she broke records in academia and business. She became the first female president of a Georgia public university 25 years ago‚ thus breaking the glass ceiling for women serving as university presidents in the state. Her presidential tenure of nearly three decades earned her the distinction of the longest−running female university president in America. She also served as the first woman chairperson of the 6‚000 member Cobb Chamber of Commerce near Atlanta.

The cost for tickets is $15 for the general public and $10 for KSU students. Tickets are available online at‚ or by calling 678−797−2000.


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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