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Cumberlands Alumna Retires from Presidency of Kennesaw (Ga.) State University

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Dr. Betty L. Siegel, a 1950 alumna of Cumberlands, recently retired from being the president of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. She was the first woman to head a school in the University System of Georgia and the longest serving female president of a public university in the United States. During her 25-year tenure, the university went from being a four-year college with 4,000 students to its current university status with more than 18,000 students.

Dr. Siegel received an associate’s degree from Cumberlands and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. She also holds honorary doctorates from several schools, including Cumberlands, and has been named one of Cumberlands’ 100 most distinguished alumni.

Over the summer, Dr. Siegel traveled to Oxford University, in Oxford, England, to, according to the KSU Sentinel, “develop further a program on ‘Global Ethics and the Changing University President.’” When she returns she will teach in the doctorate program at Kennesaw’s Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character.

University of the Cumberlands congratulates Dr. Siegel for her accomplishments.