Betty L. Siegel ( January 24, 1931-February 11, 2020) is an author and the former president of Kennesaw State University. She was the first female president of the University System of Georgia. She served in that position for 25 years, making her the longest serving female president of a state university in the United States.
Siegel is currently (2007) President Emeritus and Distinguished Chair of Leadership, Ethics & Character at Kennesaw State University.
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Siegel was born Betty Faye Lentz in Cumberland, Kentucky to Carl N. and Vera (Hogg) Lentz. She received her bachelor's degree from Wake Forest, a Masters Degree from the University of North Carolina, a Ph.D. in Education from Florida State University and post-doctoral studies at Indiana University. She holds five honorary doctorates.
Assistant professor, Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina, 1956–59; associate professor, 1961–64;
Assistant professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1967–70, associate professor, 1970–72, professor, 1973–76, Dean academy affairs for continuing education, 1972–76;
Dean, School of Education and Psychology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, 1976–81;
President Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, 1981-2006.
President Emeritus and Distinguished Chair of Leadership, Ethics and Character Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, 2006–Present.
Co-founder of the International Alliance for Invitational Education (http://www.invitationaleducation.net)
Convener of the Oxford Conclaves on Global Ethical Leadership
Board of Directors, Character Education Partnership, 2008–Present
Preceded byHorace W. Sturgis
President of Kennesaw State University1981–2006
Succeeded byDaniel S. Papp
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