Kennesaw State Names WellStar as Official Health System Partner

Daniel S. Papp, WellStar President & CEO Reynold Jennings, WellStar Board of Trustees Chair Janie Maddox, Vaughn Williams

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 21, 2014) – The Kennesaw State University Department of Athletics…

Georgia (Jan 21, 2014)

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 21, 2014) – The Kennesaw State University Department of Athletics and WellStar Health System announced today a multi-year sponsorship agreement. WellStar’s investment will provide significant support to KSU’s Department of Athletics and its student-athletes, as the school is set to launch a football program in 2015.

In addition to becoming the “Official Heath System Partner of Kennesaw State Athletics,” the sponsorship includes sponsorship signage at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, KSU Convocation Center, Bailey Park and Stillwell Stadium, advertising in game programs, during television and radio broadcasts and on, the Department of Athletics’ official website.

“WellStar has been a valued partner at Kennesaw State for many years and we are pleased that they are expanding their support of the University and its athletics program,” said Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp.

The athletics agreement follows a Jan. 7 announcement by Kennesaw State that the WellStar Medical Group will operate the university’s Student Health Services, effective immediately.

“WellStar and Kennesaw State University have a long and active history of collaboration,” said Reynold Jennings, president & CEO of WellStar Health System. “With a new focus on the health of KSU students and our community, WellStar is proud to become the official health system partner of Kennesaw State Athletics. Through this relationship, we will further WellStar’s vision    — to deliver world-class healthcare, and our mission to improve community health.”

WellStar becomes the second multi-million dollar sponsor that Kennesaw State has partnered with during the last 12 months. The university and Department of Athletics announced a deal with Fifth Third Bank last February that included naming rights to Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

“Our sponsorship agreement with WellStar is the continuation of WellStar’s commitment to the growth and success of Kennesaw State University and will significantly impact our athletics department as well as our students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans," Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams said. "WellStar’s sponsorship is an outstanding show of support towards our desire for excellence in everything we do for the university as well as the Department of Athletics.”
WellStar and Kennesaw State University have a long history of collaboration that extends beyond athletics and the classroom.  Through research, education and the partnership with KSU, the community is getting better healthcare at WellStar hospitals, urgent care centers, Health Parks and medical offices. 

“As a board member for both Kennesaw State University Foundation and the WellStar Board of Trustees, it has been a privilege to see both organizations grow as leaders in their respective fields,” said Janie Maddox, chair of the WellStar Board of Trustees.  “By creating this new partnership, WellStar is playing a critical role in supporting the next generation of student-athletes as they strive for greatness on and off the field.”

Under the terms of the arrangement, WellStar will contribute $2.75 million over 15 years and become the “Official Heath System Partner of Kennesaw State Athletics." The deal has a 20-year extension option in 5-year increments. 


ABOUT WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM: Recognized as the fifth most integrated healthcare delivery system in the country, WellStar Health System is the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia and serves a population of more than 1.4 million residents in five counties. The vision of WellStar is to deliver world-class healthcare. A national leader in the transformation of healthcare delivery, WellStar launched the Center for Health Transformation and the Georgia Health Collaborative that will have far-reaching effects on healthcare both locally and nationally. WellStar includes WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital) and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; the WellStar Medical Group; Urgent Care Centers; Acworth Health Park; Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; and the WellStar Foundation. For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit

ABOUT KENNESAW STATE ATHLETICS: Kennesaw State University sponsors 18 intercollegiate athletic sports and competes at the NCAA Division I level. Seventeen Owls teams compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Football will play at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Series (FCS )level and compete as an associate member of the Big South Conference beginning in 2015. KSU has won a total of six national championships at the NAIA and NCAA Division II levels. Kennesaw State became an NCAA Division I member prior to the 2005-06 athletics season.

ABOUT KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY: Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries. 


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