• KSU completes its five-year transition
from Division II to become a full-fledged
participant in Division I of the NCAA.
• The Board of Regents approves a new
doctorate of Nursing Education, the third
doctoral degree at KSU.
• KSU receives $1.5 million grant from the
Harnisch Foundation to establish The Center
for Sustainable Journalism.
• The Bagwell College of Education receives
$890,000 grant from the National Science
Foundation through the Noyce Scholarship to
help fund its Increasing Mathematics
Teachers for ALL Students (IMTAS) project.
• KSU begins its doctoral program in
• KSU is selected as a site of the Confucius
Institute for Chinese language and culture.
• Central Parking Deck opens, the fourth new
parking deck since 2002.
• New residential facility opens, bringing
total campus housing to more than 3,000
• KSU is selected by U.S. News & World
Report as an “up-and-coming” university.
• U.S. News & World Report recognizes the
First-Year Experience as a “Program to Look
For” for the sixth consecutive year.
• KSU wins the A-Sun men’s indoor and
outdoor Track & Field championships.
• KSU is reaccredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
for another ten years.
• KSU’s enrollment surpasses 20,000 students
for the first time.
• New Social Sciences Building and Dr.
Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center
• KSU Foundation brings $6.4 million of
external gifts to the university during FY
• KSU wins A-Sun championships in women’s
soccer and regular-season softball.
• Dr. Daniel S. Papp becomes KSU’s third
• Faculty and staff receive $5.3 million in
contracts and grants during FY 2006.
• Women’s soccer team wins A-Sun conference
• KSU begins its first doctoral program of
Education in Leadership for Learning.
• Dr. Betty L. Siegel announces plans to
step down as president of KSU after 25 years
of distinguished leadership.
• Women’s Cross Country team wins A-Sun
• KSU Cheerleading team wins second
consecutive NCA National Championship.
• U.S. News & World Report names KSU’s
First-Year Experience as a “Program to Look
For” in its “Best Colleges 2005” issue.
• Men’s basketball team wins NCAA Div. II
• Women’s soccer and men’s golf teams begin
transition to NCAA Div. I.
• Bob Prillaman, chairman of the WellStar
Health System board of trustees, receives
KSU’s honorary doctorate.
• College of Science & Mathematics’
CyberTech program receives $50,000 grant
from UPS Foundation and $1,000,000+ grant
from the National Science Foundation.
• Fall 2004 student enrollment exceeds
• KSU dedicates the Bobbie Bailey Athletic
Complex, a new home for its NCAA Div. II
softball and baseball teams.
• Women’s soccer team wins NCAA Div. II
national championship in its second season
• The “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit,
sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the
Holocaust and the KSU Foundation, opens at
• The American Council on Education selects
KSU as one of eight institutions in the
country for study, “Global Learning for
All,” which focuses on best practices in
promoting international student success.
• KSU is named one of 12 founding
institutions in a project called
“Foundations of Excellence in the First Year
of College,” by Dr. John Gardner and the
Policy Center on the First-Year College
• The College of Health and Human Services
is renamed the WellStar College of Health
and Human Services in honor of WellStar
Health System, following its $3.1 million
gift to the college.
• The Center for Leadership, Ethics &
Character receives a $1 million endowment
from RTM Restaurant Group and is renamed the
RTM Institute for Leadership, Ethics &
• The Department of History and Philosophy
receives a $1 million gift from Shaw
Industries for the endowment of the Shaw
Industries Distinguished Chair in History.
• The athletic department hosts its
inaugural Hall-of-Fame induction
James C. Kennedy, CEO and chairman of Cox
Enterprises, receives KSU’s annual honorary
• The Owls women's soccer program kicks off
first season with an 18-game winning streak.
• State-of-the-art student housing opens
with more than 1,000 students in residence.
• KSU named one of the top three most
publicly engaged universities in the nation
by the American Association of State
Colleges and Universities.
• Fred Stillwell, longtime member of the KSU
Foundation Board of Trustees, receives the
honorary doctorate (Stillwell Stadium and
Theater are named in honor of his family).
• BusinessWeek magazine ranks the
Michael J. Coles College of Business among
"The Best of the Bunch," for executive MBA
programs; the college also ranked third in
the nation in "Teamwork" and tenth in "eBusiness".
• Time magazine highlights KSU for success
in helping freshmen make a successful
transition to college life through the First
• Betty L. Siegel celebrats 20 years as
president of KSU.
• John Clendenin, education advocate and
donor for whom the Ann and John Clendenin
Computer Science Building is named, received
KSU's annual honorary doctorate.
• KSU Owls baseball team named "Team of the
Decade" by Baseball America magazine.
• Fred D. Bentley Sr., founder of KSU's Rare
Book Library, receives KSU's annual honorary
• KSU leases what would become KSU Center to
house the Continuing Education Division and
various other functions.
• Michael J. Coles, a member of the KSU
Foundation Board of Trustees and benefactor
for whom the Coles College of Business is
named, receives the honorary doctorate.
• School of the Arts added as home to the
departments of music, theatre & performance
studies and visual arts.
• Bobbie Bailey, a member of the KSU
Foundation Board of Trustees, receives KSU's
annual honorary doctorate.
• The College of Education renames the
Leland H. and Clarice C. Bagwell College of
Education in honor of longtime educators and
• KSU awards its first honorary doctorate of
humane letters to Clarice Bagwell.
• Women's softball team wins second NCAA
Division II national championship.
• Men's baseball team wins NCAA Division II
• KSC hosts finish-line festivities for
America's premier cycling event, the Tour
• Coles School of Business ranked one of the
nation’s “Top 10 Up-and-Commers” in
Success magazine's report on "The 25
Best Business Schools for Entrepreneurship".
• Kennesaw State attains university status;
renamed Kennesaw State University.
• Four of five schools renamed colleges
following change to university status.
• Women's softball team wins NCAA Division
II national championship.
• Success magazine lists the
entrepreneurship program in the Coles School
of Business among "25 Schools to Watch".
• School of Business Administration renamed
after entrepreneur and philanthropist
Michael J. Coles.
• The School of Nursing is created.
• The Men's baseball team wins NAIA national
• U.S. News and World Report names KSC as
the No. 1 "rising star," in the South.
• The fall-quarter enrollment tops 10,000.
• KSC once again among the "rising stars of
education" in U.S News & World Report's
Guide to America's Best Colleges and
• U.S. News & World Report lists KSC as an
"up and comer" in its Guide to America's
Best Colleges and Universities.
• Kennesaw College renamed Kennesaw State
• The College celebrates Silver Jubilee
(25th anniversary of its founding).
• Kennesaw College and President Siegel
spotlighted in the book "Searching for
Academic Excellence: Twenty Colleges and
• Jon Hough wins NAIA golf championship, the
first national title for KSU in any sport.
• Kennesaw College adds first graduate
programs -- master of business
administration and master of education.
• Researchers at George Mason University
recognize Kennesaw as "a college on the
• Academic divisions restructured into four
schools: arts and humanities, business,
education, and science and allied health.
• Kennesaw begins competition in
• Betty L. Siegel becomes the first female
president in the University System of
• College awards first four-year degrees.
• Founding President Horace W. Sturgis
• Senior-level courses added to curriculum.
• Junior-level courses added to curriculum.
• Kennesaw College drops "junior" from its
• Regents grant KJC senior-college
(four-year) status effective fall 1978.
• Two-year nursing program added to liberal
• College awards first degrees to five
• College opens doors to 1,014 students.
• Kennesaw Junior College founded by Board