KSU Foundation chair receives 2015 "Women Who Mean Business Award"

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Jo Ann Chitty one of 15 business leaders honored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle   Click a…

Georgia (Oct 22, 2015)

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KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 22, 2015) Jo Ann Chitty, chair of the Kennesaw State University Foundation and senior vice president of Selig Enterprises, Inc., was among 15 women honored Thursday with a 2015 “Women Who Mean Business Award” presented by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Presented during an evening event at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, the awards honor women from various industries and professions who have made a difference in their communities, blazed a trail for others and are leaving an indelible mark on business in Atlanta.
Chitty was named chair of the Kennesaw State University Foundation in October 2014 after serving for five years as the chair of the real estate committee, where her leadership helped steer more than $200 million in real estate assets from acquisitions through construction.
“Through her leadership and involvement with the Kennesaw State University Foundation, Jo Ann’s contributions to the growth of this institution have been enumerable,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “On behalf of the entire Kennesaw State community, we congratulate her on this truly well-deserved honor.”
Chitty joined the Kennesaw State University Foundation in October 2008. A year later, she was honored during the Foundation’s 40th anniversary celebration with the Erwin Zaban Prize for Entrepreneurial Spirit. Chitty was recognized by the Foundation in 2010 with the Horace Sturgis Award for her commitment and dedication to the University. In 2012, she received the Foundation’s Chairman's Award, which recognizes an outstanding individual whose contribution of time and energy inspire staff and other volunteers and whose talents benefit the University and the community.
“Everyone at Kennesaw State who has worked with Jo Ann has benefitted from her leadership,” said Richard Corhen, chief operating officer of the KSU Foundation. “We are pleased that she is receiving the recognition that she so aptly deserves.”
The Kennesaw State University Foundation was founded in 1969 as a non-profit organization created to serve as an advocate for the University, and to receive, invest, account for, and allocate private gifts and contributions in support of Kennesaw State University.
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