KSU Foundation chair receives 2015 "Women Who Mean Business Award"
Jo Ann Chitty one of 15 business leaders honored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle
(Oct 22, 2015) —
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 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
“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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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly
150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System
of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students
from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. 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 kennesaw.edu.