Betty L. Siegel (January 24, 1931 – February 11, 2020) was an author and president of Kennesaw State University. She was the first female president of the University System of Georgia. She served in that position for 25 years, making her the longest serving female president of a state university in the United States.
Betty Faye Lentz
January 24, 1931
|Died||February 11, 2020(aged 89)|
|Alma mater||Florida State University|
Wake Forest University
|Known for||Being the President of Kennesaw State University and the University System of Georgia|
|Institutions||Kennesaw 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. She held five honorary doctorates.
- Assistant professor, Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina, 1956–59; associate professor, 1961–64;
- Assistant professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1967–70, associate professor, 1970–72, professor, 1973–76, Dean academy affairs for continuing education, 1972–76;
- Dean, School of Education and Psychology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, 1976–81;
- President Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, 1981-2006.
- President Emeritus and Distinguished Chair of Leadership, Ethics and Character Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, 2006–Present.
- Co-founder of the International Alliance for Invitational Education (http://www.invitationaleducation.net)
- Convener of the Oxford Conclaves on Global Ethical Leadership
- Board of Directors, Character Education Partnership, 2008–Present
Horace W. Sturgis
| President of Kennesaw State University
Daniel S. Papp
- 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.
- Isakson, Johnny (2001-05-26). "Floor Statement Congratulating Dr. Betty Siegel". United States Senate. Retrieved 2007-12-18.