Betty Siegel

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Dr. Betty Siegel
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Born January 24, 1931
Cumberland, Kentucky
Nationality United States
Institutions Kennesaw State University
University of Florida
Alma mater Florida State University
Wake Forest University
Known for Being the President of Kennesaw State University and the University System of Georgia

Betty L. Siegel (born January 24, 1931) is an author and the former president of Kennesaw State University. She was the first female president of the University System of Georgia.[1] 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.


Siegel was born Betty 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.[2] She holds five honorary doctorates.


Academic offices
Preceded by
Horace W. Sturgis
President of Kennesaw State University
Succeeded by
Daniel S. Papp


  1. ^ Perry-Johnson, Arlethia (2005-05-12). "Kennesaw State University President Betty Siegel to Step Down". University System of Georgia. Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  2. ^ Isakson, Johnny (2001-05-26). "Floor Statement Congratulating Dr. Betty Siegel". United States Senate. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 

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