Dr. Betty L. Siegel was born in Kentucky in 1931.She attended Cumberland College and finished her B.A. degrees in History and English at Wake Forest University. She went on to get advanced degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Florida State University, and Indiana University. She earned degrees in Child Psychology and Educational Leadership. From 1981 to 2006, Dr. Betty L. Siegel served as the second president of Kennesaw State University (formerly Kennesaw Junior College, Kennesaw College, and Kennesaw State College). Siegel was the first woman to head an institution in the 35-unit University System of Georgia. In addition, she holds the record as the longest serving woman president of a public university in the nation. Her legacy goes beyond buildings and programs. Dr. Betty L. Siegel's leadership is a letter written on the hearts of the men and woman she led for twenty-five years. *Biography courtesy of Office of the President Emeritus, Kennesaw State University

Recent Submissions

  • Photograph of Betty Siegel Cutting first "Kennesaw State University" Cake, 1996 

    Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw State University Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, 1996)
    Photograph of Dr. Betty Siegel cutting cake to celebrate Kennesaw State College officially becoming Kennesaw State University in 1996.
  • View of the Future Committee memorandum, October 30, 1981 

    Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw State University Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, 1981-10-30)
    This memorandum announces the new "View of the Future Committee" that Betty Siegel developed during her first few months as the president of Kennesaw College.
  • Welcome Sign for Dr. Betty Siegel, 1981 

    Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw State University Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, 1981)
    This image shows the welcome sign for Dr. Betty Siegel upon her entrance to campus in fall 1981.
  • Betty Siegel High School Graduation Photo, circa 1948 

    Dr. Betty L. Siegel (Kennesaw State University Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, 1948)
    Photograph of Dr. Betty Siegel at her high school graduation in Kentucky.