Betty Siegel

Betty L. Siegel (January 24, 1931 – February 11, 2020) was an author and president of Kennesaw State University.[1] She was the first female president of the University System of Georgia.[2] She served in that position for 25 years, making her the longest serving female president of a state university in the United States.

Betty Siegel
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Betty Faye Lentz

January 24, 1931
DiedFebruary 11, 2020(2020-02-11) (aged 89)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materFlorida State University
Wake Forest University
Known forBeing the President of Kennesaw State University and the University System of Georgia
Scientific career
InstitutionsKennesaw State University
University of Florida

In 2007 Siegel was President Emeritus and Distinguished Chair of Leadership, Ethics & Character at Kennesaw State University.


Siegel was born Betty Faye 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.[3] She held five honorary doctorates.


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


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Isakson, Johnny (2001-05-26). "Floor Statement Congratulating Dr. Betty Siegel". United States Senate. Retrieved 2007-12-18.

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