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Center to Carry Former KSU President's Name

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the name and the construction of the student recreation and activities center.

Kennesaw State University's new $38.7-million student recreation and activities center will carry the name of the first woman to lead an institution in the University System of Georgia.

The System's Board of Regents this week approved the school's request to name the 176,000-square-foot facility after Betty L. Siegel, who served as KSU's president from September 1981 until May 2006.

“I am deeply honored to have this new facility named for me,” Siegel said in a statement. “For the 25 years I served as president of KSU, I enjoyed the unwavering support of family, the students, staff and administration at KSU, and this extraordinary community. I share this moment with them all.”

Under Siegel's leadership, KSU grew from 4,000 students with 15 undergraduate degrees to more than 18,000 students with 55 graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

Construction on the center that will bear her name is expected to begin early next year and wrap up by fall 2014.

Among other things, the center will feature an indoor competition swimming pool, an outdoor leisure swimming pool, an outdoor basketball court, four indoor ones, and a multi-activity court large enough to play indoor soccer.

Open the PDF under the photo for the full announcement from Kennesaw State University.

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