Kennesaw State University celebrates supporters during All Boards Day on May 9

Annual awards honor the service and dedication of the University’s advisory boards KENNESAW,…

Georgia (May 12, 2014)Annual awards honor the service and dedication of the University’s advisory boards

KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 12, 2014) — Kennesaw State University honored its advisory board volunteers during its annual All Boards Day award ceremony on Friday, May 9. As supporters and advocates of the University, the award recipients were recognized for their service and dedication to Kennesaw State.

The Kiwanis Club of Marietta was presented Kennesaw State’s Community Engagement Awardfor its vital role in bringing public higher education to Cobb County. The Kiwanis Club, particularly the members of the club’s Business and Public Affairs Committee, were responsible for bringing Kennesaw Junior College and Southern Tech, as they were both called then, to Cobb County more than 50 years ago.

Two recipients received the Board Member of the Year award because of their outstanding commitment to Kennesaw State.  

Judge William Duffey, a board member of the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, was instrumental in introducing KSU to the idea of recovery on the college campus and has been a strong advocate for students in recovery.  Duffey and his wife have given two endowed scholarships for students in the program, and Duffey was the driving force in bringing the 2014 Neuroscience Addiction and Young Adult Conference to Kennesaw State.  

Charles “Chuck” Casto, a board member of the Bagwell College of Education Building Addition Advisory Board and was instrumental in making strategic introductions to KSU’s Institute for Global Initiatives for the Year of Japan program. He is a former regional administrator for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and is an expert on extreme disasters, having led U.S. nuclear efforts in Japan during the 2011 tsunami disaster. A 28-year Cobb County resident, he will receive his Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State May 13.

This year’s Board of the Year is the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery Advisory Board, which has been actively engaged in the center’s strategic plan and goals. The board recently raised more than $60,000 at its first scholarship breakfast fundraiser for the Collegiate Recovery Community programs and student scholarships at Kennesaw State.

In addition to the annual All Boards Day awards, two other awards were presented to recognize supporters of Kennesaw State University.

Tom and Barbara Hughes, long-time supporters of the University, were awarded the President’s Award for exemplifying true visionary leadership in support of the University. Tom, who earned his MBA from the Coles College of Business, currently serves on the Coles Advisory Board, for which he was selected as KSU’s Board Member of he Year in 2010 and 2013.

The philanthropic couple established the Hughes Leadership and Career Program at Kennesaw State to address the needs of students entering careers in the business world and the challenges students face when evaluating career choices and seeking jobs after graduation.   

Jerome Ratchford, VP for Student Success who will retire at the end of 2014 after 26 years of service at Kennesaw State, was given special recognition for being a strong supporter of students on the campus.

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- Tiffany Capuano 



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