Board of Regents approves name for Kennesaw State’s new student recreation center

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Facility will honor former Kennesaw State President Betty L. Siegel   KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 10…

Georgia (Oct 10, 2012) —  

Facility will honor former Kennesaw State President Betty L. Siegel
KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 10, 2012) — After 25 years as the president of Kennesaw State University, Betty L. Siegel made a lot of friends especially amongst the thousands of students who attended the institution. During their meeting this week in Athens, Ga., the Board of Regents of The University System of Georgia approved Kennesaw State’s request to name the new Student Recreation and Activities Center honoring the popular former president.  
The Regents approved the naming along with the construction of the $38.7 million, 176,000-square-foot facility. Construction on the new student recreation center, which will begin early next year, is expected to be completed by fall 2014. The expanded footprint of the new facility will encompass the current recreation and activities facility, which will undergo extensive renovations. Construction will triple the size of the existing structure.
“The Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center will be a testament to the ‘student-first’ philosophy exemplified by Kennesaw State’s president emeritus,” said Daniel S. Papp, president of Kennesaw State University. “We are deeply grateful to Dr. Siegel for her quarter-century of leadership at the helm of this great institution. Her bold vision planted the seeds for what our more than 24,000 students enjoy today.”
Siegel, the Betty L. Siegel Chair of the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character and president emeritus of Kennesaw State, was the first woman to lead an institution in the University System of Georgia — a distinction she held for 10 years. Siegel served as president of Kennesaw State for 25 years from Sept. 1981 until May 2006 and led the institution’s growth from 4,000 students with 15 undergraduate degrees to an institution with more than 18,000 students offering 55 graduate and undergraduate degree programs.
“I am deeply honored to have this new facility named for me,” said Siegel. “For the 25 years I served as president of KSU, I enjoyed the unwavering support of family, the students, staff and administration at KSU, and this extraordinary community. I share this moment with them all.”
Since her retirement in 2006, Siegel has launched a nonprofit foundation for global ethical leadership. She also serves as an adviser and consultant in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. In March, The University System of Georgia Foundation presented the Elridge McMillan Award to Siegel in recognition of her lifetime work in support of higher education.
Design plans call for an indoor competition swimming pool and an outdoor leisure swimming pool. There will be an outdoor basketball court and four indoor ones, along with a multi-activity court large enough to play indoor soccer. The facility also will have eight tennis courts, a weight and fitness area, a rock climbing wall, indoor track and other amenities such as sand volleyball and racquetball courts.
Hughes Group Architects provided the concept design for the Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center; Cooper Carry is the architect of record. Gleeds USA will be the program manager and Hardin Construction Co. will be the general contractor.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.





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