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Meet The Team


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 Board of Trustees Faculty/Staff
 Mixson, Jeff Adams, Kenneth
 Robbins, John Bailey, Joyce
 Teague,Bailey Barnes, Susan
 Clark, Ron Barr, Joey
 Bearden, Kim Bearden, Kim
 Beecham, Steve  Bernadin, Junior
 Abrams, TJ  Brown, Kirk
 Alexander, Erika Clark, Ron
 Baun, Cromwell
 Coss, Gina
 Crisp, Matt  Dovico, Adam
 Jones, Mindy Haskins, Pamela
 Kiepura, Mike  Hildebrand, Sarah
 MacDonald, Stephen Jones, Valerie
 Maxey, Tom King, Hope
 Nielsen, Mike  King, Wade
 Selig, Scott Major, Chrissi

 Stanbridge, Brantley

 Mills, Johnny
 Williams, Bob Mosley, Renita
 Reddick, Kennedy
 Townsel, Ken
 Walker, Benjamin
 Williams, Aungelita
 Advisory Board 
 Anderson, Jeff 
 Cramer, Ann Wilson 
 Dean, Bonnie
 Dutkiewicz, Mathew 
 Elliot, Mark 
 Franklin, Sean
 Marks, Michael
 O'Dwyer, Susan
 Patterson, Gloria
 Pressley-Brown, Scarlet 
 Rhodes III, David  
 Seydel, Laura Turner 
 Siegel, Betty L., Ph.D 
 Winston, Matt  




The Ron Clark Academy is proud and honored to introduce our staff for the 2010-2011 school year. After reviewing hundreds of applications and teaching videos, we conducted interviews to find passionate educators who are innovative geniuses and gifted leaders in their respective fields.



Ron Clark, Founder and Mathematics Teacher

Ron Clark has been called "America's Educator." In 2000, he was named Disney's American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times bestselling author whose book, The Essential 55, has sold over 1 million copies and has been published in 25 different countries. He has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, and Oprah, and Ms. Winfrey even named him as her first "Phenomenal Man." His classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Ron's teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry, better known as Chandler from Friends.



Kim Bearden was selected from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher. The Milken Family Foundation selected her as one of 155 teachers from across the nation to receive the Award for Excellence in Education, and she was chosen from among 7000 teachers as Teacher of the Year in Cobb County, Georgia. Ms. Bearden is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2008, and she received the Phoenix Award from Mayor Shirley Franklin for her dedication to the education.  Kimberly is a former Finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year and the Phenomenal Woman of Character Award.  Over the past twenty-three years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer, and middle school principal.


Wade King - Social Studies/Science/Math Teacher

Wade King attended Anderson University, where he received both his undergraduate degree and his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. Mr. King has been recognized as a District Choice Teacher and Teacher of The Year. A former college wrestler, Mr. King shared his expertise at the high school level and was awarded as the Region Coach of the Year.  His students’ outstanding achievement scores and growth on standardized tests were some of the highest scores in the state of South Carolina.  Mr. King attributes his students’ success to a “no excuse” policy that he models himself. The relationships he fosters with his students, their families, and community is the driving force behind his teaching. Mr. King’s classroom is filled with music, engagement, rigor, and discipline. He strives to prepare his students for their futures and not their pasts, while also placing an emphasis on global learning. Mr. King and his wife currently reside in Decatur, GA. 


Chrissi Major - Creative Marketing Specialist

Chrissi Major joined the RCA Family in 2012. Originally from Ohio, Ms. Major moved to Atlanta in 2005 to work for Promethean, an education technology company and sponsor of RCA. 

As a part of the global marketing team at Promethean, she was head of corporate branding and was also responsible for giving creative direction, creating global events, and designing marketing communications.

Through the partnership with Promethean and RCA, Ms. Major has been connected with RCA since the school opened. She has been able to help with the RCA newsletter, volunteer and build relationships with the faculty and students over the years. Now as an RCA staff member, she helps with creative marketing projects and bringing ideas to life.

Ms. Major has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Appalachian State University in Graphic Design. She recently completed her second Ironman race, a long-distance triathlon that is 140.6 miles of swimming, biking, and running. 


Kennedy Reddick - Assistant

Kennedy Reddick, Jr. is a graduate of the HBCU Fayetteville State University with a BS degree in Psychology.  He taught at Torchlight Academy Elementary School in North Carolina, working with 3rd and 1st graders, prior to making the move to Atlanta. He is excited to mentor, motivate, and inspire RCA's students, and he is thrilled to be part of the team.


Johnny Mills - Facilities Maintenance Manager

Mr. Mills is an integral part to day-to-day operations of the Academy. In his role, Mr. Mills makes sure the school building, its climate and the entire school campus is operating at top-notch. Mr. Mills also works closely with general contractors in managing RCA’s future building projects. Mr. Mills lives in metro-Atlanta with his wife and children.


Board of Trustees


Jeff Mixson - President

As Senior Vice President, Jeff oversees the marketing and leasing of all third-party and Holder Properties' owned buildings as well as all acquisitions and dispositions throughout the southeast. Jeff has been recognized by the Georgia NAIOP Chapter’s Million Dollar Club twice as a top five producer and once as their top producer. 



M.B.A., Emory University

B.S. in Math, The University of the South

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Georgia Tech



Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Board of Trustees, Ron Clark Academy

Past President and Advisory Council, NAIOP

Past Chairman, Young Council of Realtors at the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors 


John Robbins - Finance Chair

John Robbins is Managing Director for Granite Properties, serving as City leader for the company’s Atlanta operations.  Since joining the firm in 2010, John has grown Granite’s presence in Atlanta by acquiring 650,000 square feet of office buildings valued at more than $75 million.  Prior to his current position, John served as Managing Principal for Sage Realty Partners, with a focus on acquiring real estate investment and development opportunities across broad product classes.  Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for Shailendra Group, with overall responsibility for their development efforts.  He also had an eleven-year career at Hines where he led complex development projects ranging from a large mixed-use land development in North Fulton, Georgia, to 1180 Peachtree, a 670,000 RSF office tower in Midtown Atlanta.  He also led the acquisition and asset management of One Atlantic Center, a 1.1 million square foot office tower in Midtown Atlanta.  John began his business career with Wachovia Bank in the real estate finance group.

John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1989 and a Masters in Business Administration in 1996 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John has served on the NAIOP Georgia board of directors since 2008, including as President in 2012.  John also is a board member of the Council for Quality Growth and the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.  He serves on the Advisory Council for the Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of North Carolina and is the national President for the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Real Estate Alumni Club.  For the past five years, he and his wife, Jae, have volunteered for Feed the Homeless Project, Inc. here in Atlanta.  Jae and John have two boys, Thomas and Boone.



TJ Abrams

TJ Abrams is the Global Senior Brand Manager on Sprite & Adults at the Coca-Cola company in Atlanta, GA.  Over the past five years he’s worked in various roles at the company most recently as Brand Manager on Coca-Cola where he led the planning and implementation of brand growth strategies and national programs (including the 2012 Olympics, NASCAR and 2014 FIFA World Cup).  He’s also worked on both the Coke Zero and Vault brands, and joined Coca-Cola with previous experience working in marketing at Lowe’s Home Improvement.  In 2013, TJ was named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for Marketing and Advertising.  He earned a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.



Erika Alexander

Erika L. Alexander is currently Area Vice President, Americas – Eastern Region for Marriott International, Inc.  In this role, Erika oversees 26 Marriott, JW Marriott, Marriott Conference Center and Renaissance Hotels that are managed by Marriott International, Inc. and located throughout Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana and the Carolinas, primarily.

During her 24 years with Marriott, Erika has held a variety of positions in hotel sales and operations including Account Manager, Director of Sales, and General Manager of Residence Inn hotels in Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.  Erika also spent five years in Brand Management at Marriott International, Inc. headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.  As a Brand Director for Residence Inn by Marriott, Erika was involved in the launch of TownePlace Suites by Marriott, the company’s newest extended stay brand.  Erika subsequently held the positions of Brand Director and Brand Vice President for TownePlace Suites prior to transitioning back into market operations as Director of Operations at the J.W.Marriott Hotel Lenox in Atlanta, Area General Manager at the Atlanta Marriott Suites in Midtown and Area General Manager for the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee.  Erika was also the Regional Vice President for Select and Extended Stay hotels.  In this role, Erika was responsible for over 175 Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites hotels that are managed by Marriott International and located throughout the Midwest and Southeast. Prior to her appointment to Area Vice President, Erika was the Regional Vice President, Market Management, for Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee. Over the years, Erika and her teams have received several awards in areas of sales, finance and leadership excellence.

Erika has a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from George Mason University.  She was a 2002 International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellow and a member of the Tennessee Women’s Forum, an organization dedicated to promoting women’s leadership, globally. Erika sat on the Board of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau and, in her previous role, was selected as the Tennessee Hotel and Lodging Association General Manager of the Year.  In 2011, Erika was recognized by the Atlanta Business League as one of the Top 100 Influential Women in Atlanta and by the YWCA as a Corporate Woman of Achievement. She is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2011, the Rotary Club of Atlanta and the International Women’s Forum of Georgia.  Erika serves on several Boards including Leadership Atlanta, the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, The Ron Clark Academy and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.   



Cromwell Baun 

Mr. Baun is a Financial Advisor with The Stephenson/Baun Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services Inc.  He is located in the Buckhead Wealth Management office in Atlanta, Georgia and has been with the firm since the beginning of 2003.  Prior to his career in the financial services industry, Mr. Baun was a tax professional in public accounting.  He has Big Four public accounting experience as a Senior Tax Consultant for both Arthur Andersen LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP in Atlanta where he specialized in corporate and partnership taxation.

Mr. Baun is a Certified Financial Planner™, Certified Investment Management Analyst, and Chartered Financial Analyst®.  Mr. Baun is also a Certified Public Accountant (non-practicing) in the state of Georgia and holds the AICPA Personal Financial Specialist designation.  Mr. Baun was recognized in Atlanta Magazine in 2009 and 2010 as a Five Star Wealth Manager in overall client satisfaction.  In 2012, his team was named to the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP) Premier Advisor list in Georgia and Texas.  In 2013, his team was again named to the NABCAP Premier Advisor list in Georgia and Texas.

He is a current member of the Financial Planning Association, the Investment Management Consultants Association, the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Atlanta, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA).  Mr. Baun is Past Chair of the Estate and Financial Planning Section of the GSCPA and currently serves on the GSCPAs Leadership Council.  He is Past Chair of the Buckhead Club's Membership Committee and also serves on the club's Young Executive Society.

In addition to his professional and academic achievements, Mr. Baun is highly involved in civic and community activities.  Mr. Baun works with the GSCPA's Financial Literacy Task Force to promote financial literacy to middle school students across Georgia.  He serves on the Nominating Committee for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Georgia Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign. 

Mr. Baun enjoys catching Atlanta Braves baseball games at Turner Field, collecting antiques, and traveling anywhere that requires a passport. 

Mr. Baun received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting as well as his Master of Accountancy – Taxation from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and is Treasurer of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville Alumni Association's Atlanta Chapter.




Steve Beecham

A native, Steve attended Roswell High School and West Georgia College, then opened his first business in 1984 at the age of 23, Beecham's Fine Clothing. He entered the mortgage industry in 1992 and started Home Town Mortgage in 1997.

Since 2001, Home Town Mortgage has been listed by Georgia Assoc of Mortgage Brokers (GAMB) as one of the top five producing mortgage companies in the state, and Steve has personally qualified as one of the top five producing loan officers during the same years. On a national level, Steve was listed as one of the top 50 loan officers in the country by Broker Magazine in 2001.

A past President and Nominating Committee Chair of GAMB, Steve served as President in 2003 and in various other positions on the Board. He was the founder and two-term chair of the GAMB Top Guns Committee. He is also the Past Chairman of the Roswell Ducks Unlimited Chapter, a Board Member of the Alpharetta Rotary Club, and Co-Chair of the Rotary International Committee, whose members travel to other countries to assist the needy.

Steve is married to Mary Beecham, his college sweetheart and cheerleading partner. A devoted family man, Steve can often be found motorcycling, hunting and coaching sports with his wife and three great children: Connor, Elyse, and Colin.



Mindy Jones

Mindy Jones has lived in Alpharetta for the last 30 years and is a
single Mom of daughter, Sarah, 25. She has built an international
multi-million dollar home-based business with Reliv International,
a marketer of patented nutritional products. Recently, Mindy was
featured in Success From Home Magazine and Bryan Thayer’s
book The One Minute Networker. Mindy was named one of
Atlanta’s “Self Made Women” and North Fulton’s “Phenomenal
Women” in 2009.

Mindy has a passion for charity work and has been the chairperson
for the past seven years for Evening of Hope and Windward for a
Cure, fundraisers benefiting the American Cancer Society which
raised over $80,000 for the cause last year. Mindy is an active
member of Roswell Rotary and is the chairperson for the Aids
Awareness Committee. In her spare time, she plays tennis, travels
and loves spending time with family and friends.


Mike Kiepura

Michael E. Kiepura is RockTenn’s President, Consumer Packaging and Recycling, and has been with RockTenn for 21 years. 

Mike is Chair of 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance and a Director of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers.  Mike has an MBA from Northwestern (1982) and an A.B. in engineering and applied physics (1979) from Harvard.

Mike and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 34 years, live in Dunwoody and have two grown children.


Stephen MacDonald

Stephen MacDonald is a biotechnology business strategy consultant, and has devoted much of his career to developing patent strategy, and performing diligence for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.   Stephen obtained a PhD in neuroscience for research in stem cell biology from the University of Manitoba, a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University, and an MBA from Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business.  He is the founder and past-chair of GeorgiaBIO's Emerging Leaders Network -- the young professionals division of the Georgia's life sciences industry organization, and was awarded GeorgiaBIO's Emerging Leader of the Year award in 2008.  Stephen also regularly guest lectures at Emory University on patent law in biotechnology, and since 2009 has been a judge for the Sanofi-Aventis BIOGene-ius international high school science fair competition.


Tom Maxey

Tom Maxey

Tom Maxey is President of the Retirement Services Group with Great American Financial Resources, where he has worked in various capacities for more than 20 years. He started as a producer and Managing Partner with his own firm, Consolidated Financial in Southfield, Michigan. Starting out as a financial services representative and growing into the business was a great way for Tom to be creative, take risks and create something of value for him and others. Tom graduated with honors from Central Michigan University, where he majored in French and Political Science and minored in Spanish. Tom met his wife Alecia in college and they have been together for more than 30 years.



Mike Nielsen

Mr. Nielsen is the Owner and President of W.S. Nielsen Co., Inc. and specializes in skylights, canopies and unique architectural exterior facades.  He is a passionate leader who enjoys working with people.  He is active in the community and committed to supporting quality organization's that are passionate about doing good things for others. As a family man who enjoys working hard and playing hard, Mr. Nielsen's interests include multiple sports, hunting, and fishing. 


Scott Selig

Scott Selig, Vice President of Selig Enterprises, graduated in 1993 from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate. He attained his MBA from the University of Georgia in Real Estate and Strategic Management. Scott also received his CCIM designation in June 2002.

Scott works in all facets of Selig Enterprises, Inc. including office, industrial, and retail leasing as well as acquisition and development. Scott has been employed with Selig since 2000.



Brantley Standridge

Mr. Standridge has more than 15 years of banking experience. He joined BB&Ts Management Development program in 1998 and has since served as a Credit Analyst in Business Loan Administration; Business Services Officer and Business Banking Manager in Charlotte, NC; Business and Retail Banking Manager in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore Market President; Regional President of the Chesapeake Region; and as BB&Ts Maryland State President.  In 2011 he was named as BB&T's Northern Georgia Regional President.



Bob Williams

Bob Williams is president of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and president of Philips Arena. As Atlanta Hawks President, Williams has oversight of the franchise’s business operations.  As president of Philips Arena he oversees all operations as well as the venue’s in-house concert and entertainment promotions company. 

Williams was a member of the executive committee to oversee the design and construction of Philips Arena. Previously, he was a 22-year employee of The Omni Coliseum and the Atlanta Hawks.  He was The Omni’s president beginning in 1994 until it was imploded in 1997.

Williams holds board positions with the Georgia Alliance for Children, the Atlanta Hawks Foundation, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), the Atlanta Sports Council, and Central Atlanta Progress, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. 

In addition, Williams was made Honorary First Sergeant of Fort Benning's Charlie and Delta Companies of the 30th AG Infantry.  Bob was recognized for developing a program of hosting injured soldiers, soldiers preparing for assignment to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Airborne Rangers and their families at Hawks home games and various other Philips arena events.

Williams is a graduate of the University of Georgia.


Advisory Board


Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson, Audio Enhancement President and CEO, has been with the company since 1993.  Mr. Anderson is a noted advocate of the advancement of education and the changing of classroom learning environments.  His mission to demonstrate the fundamental necessity of audio enhanced classrooms is evident in his dedication to creating and designing innovative technology.  He is the co-creator and patent-holder of the world’s first infrared wireless audio enhancement system.  This system perfectly fits into today’s modern classroom by being fully integrated with any additional multimedia sources.  Through Mr. Anderson’s leadership, Audio Enhancement has grown into the worldwide leader in classroom amplification. Mr. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business and Spanish from Brigham Young University. 



Ann Wilson Cramer

Ann Wilson Cramer is Director of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for the Americas at IBM. In support of IBM’s primary focus areas, Ms. Cramer currently serves as past chair of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE); chairs Communities in Schools—Georgia, the Georgia Chamber’s Education Committee, and the WorldClass Schools Foundation; and is on the board of Metro Atlanta Chamber Education Committee and Project GRAD. Ms. Cramer chairs the Council on Foundations Corporate Committee and represents IBM on the United Way of America’s National Corporate Leaders Council, the Center for Corporate Citizenship Advisory Board at Boston College, and the Southeastern Council on Foundations Communications Committee. She is past chair of the United Way of Metro—Atlanta, Research Atlanta, and the Arts and Business Council of Atlanta.



Mathew Dutkiewicz

Mathew T. Dutkiewicz is an Executive Vice President with Great American Financial Resources. For more than 20 years, Mat has worked in various capacities in the financial services industry, including Marketing, Sales Distribution, Operations and Plan Administration. He thrives in the industry because he enjoys helping people be successful in their retirement years. Mat serves on several industry committees, including LIMRA (formerly the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association), Distribution Leadership Roundtable, the National Rural Education Association Executive Committee and the Association of Education Service Agencies Partners Committee. Prior to his career in the financial services industry, Mat served in United States Marine Corps and studied to receive his bachelor’s of business administration from Franklin University. He has been married to his wife Karin for more than 20 years. of Metro—Atlanta, Research Atlanta, and the Arts and Business Council of Atlanta.


Mark Elliot

Mark is the President of Promethean USA, one of RCA’s greatest contributors.  Joining Promethean in 2005, Mark brings with him 28 years experience in sales, marketing, and operations for both technical and software organizations. Mark spent over 14 years with Burroughs/Unisys in roles including Account Manager, Regional Product Manager, Executive Assistant to the Unisys President, Brand District Manager, and Regional Director of Marketing.  Subsequent to Unisys, Mark’s previous positions include being the senior VP for PowerCerv Technologies and president of E3 North America. He was the former VP of Lawson Software’s Retail Division and served as the VP of sales, marketing, and product development for Education Networks of America.  

As a Senior Director of Apple Computer’s Education Division, Mark managed all solutions outside of the hardware platform, including Apple Care, Apple Software, Strategic Initiatives, Alliances, Channels, and Servers. Mark has a BBA in Economics and Master of Science degree in Industrial Management.


Scarlet Pressley-Brown

Scarlet Pressley-Brown is General Manager of Community Affairs at Delta Air Lines and Vice President of the Delta Air Lines Foundation. Joining Delta in June 2000, she has managed Delta’s presence in the community, establishing the company as a leading corporate citizen. Prior to Delta, Ms. Pressley-Brown spent six years with the East Lake Community Foundation as director of Community Affairs successfully restoring and revitalizing the historic East Lake Golf Course community. The restoration included the establishment and opening of Drew Charter School, Atlanta’s first Charter School.

Ms. Pressley-Brown has received numerous awards: the “Outstanding Georgia Citizen” Award presented by the Secretary of State, the Atlanta Business League named Mrs. Pressley-Brown one of “Atlanta’s Top Black Women of Influence” in 2006 and 2007, and the “High Heels in High Places Award presented by the Trumpet Awards Foundation . In February 2006, the Atlanta Tribune featured Scarlet and husband, Wendell, as one of Atlanta’s “Power Couples” and the Atlanta Urban League Guild recognized them with the “Transportation Achievement” Award.

Ms. Pressley-Brown received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and her MBA from University of Phoenix. She is on the board of directors for the Atlanta Business League, the Georgia Center for Children, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Atlanta Medical Association. She is a member of the National Black MBA Association, the Clark Atlanta Guild, the American Institute for Managing Diversity, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Scarlet and Wendell have five children and two sons-in-law: Wendell, Jr., April Partridge (Kenya), Amber French (Jason), Kiesha and Dexter.



Laura Turner Seydel

Laura Turner Seydel is a Trustee of the Turner Foundation, a private family environmental grantmaking foundation created in 1990. In her capacity as Trustee, Laura is involved in all aspects of the Foundation’s operations, from reviewing funding requests and establishing policy to identifying funding priorities and overseeing special initiatives. Laura is also a Trustee of the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, a private family grantmaking foundation, whose funding priorities include the arts, children’s health and education and the environment. A Georgia native, born in Macon, Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ogelthorpe University. In 2001, Laura became Chairman of the Board for the Captain Planet Foundation. The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to fund and support hands-on environmental projects for children and youth. It encourages innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Laura resides in Atlanta with her husband, Rutherford and their three children, John R, Vasser, and Laura Elizabeth.



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.



Matt Winston

Matthew M. Winston Jr. has served as Assistant to the President at the University of Georgia since October 2000. He oversees staff issues, student issues, athletics, auxiliary services and diversity issues for the president's office, serving as an adviser and speechwriter for UGA President Michael F. Adams in these areas. Prior to joining the president's staff, Winston was the news bureau manager in UGA’s University Communications office. Winston served as the Acting Director for UGA’s Office of Institutional Diversity from 2005 – 2006.  Before coming to UGA, he spent eight years directing the news bureau at Virginia Tech, where he earned a bachelor of science in marketing management in 1990.

Winston is currently a member of the International Board of Trustees for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and he served as a member of that organization's Commission for Communications and Marketing from 2009-2011.  He also is a member of the CASE District III Board of Directors where he has served in a variety of roles including Secretary and Communications and Marketing Program Chair.

Winston currently serves as vice president of the board of directors of both Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the Southern Regional Council, and he is a member of the Ron Clark Academy Advisory Board and the Athens-Clarke County Chamber of Commerce Board.   He previously served on the Clarke County Mentor Program and LEAD Athens steering committees, the Clarke County Board of Education Multicultural Task Force, the University Relations committee of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, and the Clarke County Neighborhood Relations Roundtable. He is also a member of the Delta Psi Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

The Virginia Beach, Va., native and his wife, Kimberly, live in Athens with their two children, Chloé and Marcus.

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