Thomas Keene to be inducted into Kennesaw State’s 2015 Hall of Fame

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Longtime professor instrumental in growth of Department of Athletics KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 15, 2015…

Georgia (Oct 15, 2015)Longtime professor instrumental in growth of Department of Athletics

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 15, 2015) — Thomas Keene, who served as a professor and chair at Kennesaw State University for more than 40 years, will be inducted into the Kennesaw State Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday prior to the Owls football game against Gardner-Webb. The list of inductees also includes the 1995 softball team that won the NCAA Division II national championship.

Keene, a professor emeritus of history who served nine years as chair of the Kennesaw State Athletics Board, was division chair of the Football Exploratory Committee and served as a leader in KSU’s transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. He also helped lay the foundation of academic performance and achievement of student-athletes, and was instrumental in establishing the strong supporting relationship between academics and athletics at Kennesaw State.

“Tom Keene is a Kennesaw State icon,” said Scott Whitlock, senior associate athletics director. “As a history professor, he touched the lives of thousands of students in the classroom, and as the founding chair of the KSU Athletics Board, he helped lay the foundation on which Owls Athletics now stands and that will touch thousands of student-athletes for generations. Keene is known as a man of character; his induction to our Hall of Fame is so fitting and well-deserved.”

Keene began his service to KSU as a professor of history in 1973. In 1980, he received a Fulbright Fellowship for a study/travel seminar in India and spent the 1986-87 academic year in China as the first participant in a faculty exchange that has continued between Kennesaw State and Jiangsu Province ever since.

He chaired the USG Asia Council, which facilitates multi-institution Asia-related activity within the University System of Georgia. From that position, he organized the first of the USG-sponsored faculty development seminars in 1994. Keene directed the KSU International Center (now the Division of Global Affairs) from 1988 to 2003. In 2007, he received the KSU Foundation’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award.

The Hall of Fame ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park on the Kennesaw Campus. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.


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 State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.



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