Betty L. Siegel, Ph.D.

Betty Siegel

President Emeritus and Distinguished Chair
Leadership, Ethics & Character

Kennesaw State University

Executive Biography

Betty L. Siegel, Ph.D., is President Emeritus of Kennesaw State University.

She has received a multitude of professional designations and awards, including being the longest-serving woman president of a U.S. public university, and the first woman to serve as president of a public college in the University System of Georgia. Siegel received the 2012 Board of Regents Eldridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award and was named one of the “Most Influential Atlantans” by Atlanta Business Chronicle (2001). Two educational institutes have been named in her honor, Siegel Institute for Leadership, Character and Ethics (U.S.), and The Siegel Center (China).

Siegel has served on numerous boards for nonprofit and civic organizations. She was appointed as special ambassador at the U.S. Olympic Games (1996), was a member of the board of directors for the Paralympics Committee (1996), and received the Kiwanis International Award (2008).

Siegel received a doctorate from Florida State University, a master’s from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.