Betty L. Siegel, Ph.D.
Dr. Betty Siegel, Distinguished Chair of the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character and President Emeritus at Kennesaw State University, was the first woman to head an institution in the 35-unit University System of Georgia and the longest serving woman president of a public university in the nation. She was President of Kennesaw State from 1981-2006. Under her administration Kennesaw State grew from 4000 students with 15 baccalaureate degree programs to an 18,000 student University with 55 baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. Dr. Siegel is a long-time member and former chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and she also served on the Commission on Women in Higher Education. Because of her strong commitment to servant leadership and community service, Dr. Siegel continues an active presence on numerous boards of corporate, non-profit and community organizations.
Since her retirement from the presidency at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Siegel has implemented many global initiatives that have taken her worldwide to spread the message of leadership, ethics and character. The signature program of Dr. Betty Siegel and her colleague, Dr. John Knapp, is The Oxford Conclave on Global Ethics, an initiative in higher education launched in 2005. The Conclave serves as a catalyst for a movement to renew higher education's commitment to the development of ethical leadership, and to explore its role as a change agent for social responsibility. As a visiting scholar, Dr. Siegel spent three months in 2007 at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, developing new programs for leadership development and expansion. She returns each year to Stellenbosch to work with students, faculty and staff and with other universities throughout South Africa.
Dr. Betty L. Siegel continues to serve, lead, and inspire with the same passion she had as President of Kennesaw State University. President Emeritus Siegel has the Distinguished Chair for Leadership, Ethics and Character. She is actively pursuing new initiatives and enhancing current global initiatives for ethical and invitational leadership and just recently launched a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation for global ethical leadership.
As an international motivational speaker on ethics, leadership, character education, and the concerns of women, she has delivered keynote addresses at hundreds of national, regional and state conferences throughout 50 states, Puerto Rico, and eleven (11) foreign countries. Dr. Siegel has also served as a consultant and advisor to educational, business, not-for-profit organizations, health services, government and civic groups.
Dr. Betty Siegel and her husband Joel have two sons, both of whom are professors, three grandsons and new twin granddaughters.