Kennesaw State’s Foundation names new chair, honors trustees at 43rd annual celebration
New leaders named, awards presented to honor outstanding service to Foundation
KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 26, 2012) — Connie L. Engel, a partner with Childress Klein Properties, has been named chair of the Kennesaw State University Foundation.
Engel succeeds Norman J. Radow, who has served as chair of the Foundation since Oct. 2007.
The passing of the gavel from Radow to Engel was marked during the program of the KSU Foundation’s Annual Dinner, held last night at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Atlanta. The event honored former and current members of the Foundation Board of Trustees and saluted contributions by the Foundation to the University’s progress and expansion.
The KSU Foundation, which has existed for the past 43 of the University’s 49-year history, has been instrumental in Kennesaw State’s remarkable growth through real-estate acquisitions and construction, funding of student scholarships and other necessary financial support.
“KSU would not be the third-largest university in Georgia today without the generous support and superb leadership provided by the Foundation,” said Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp. “As we prepare to celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary next year, I am reminded every day what a huge difference this Foundation has made in the evolution of this institution.”
Prior to her appointment as the Foundation’s chair, Engel served as vice chair of the board for the past two years, and as chair of the real estate committee from 2007 to 2012. She acknowledged the Foundation’s dedication to helping KSU become the vibrant regional university it has in the past decade.
“I am appreciative of the hard work and dedication of the Foundation – the board, the membership and the Foundation’s staff,” Engel stated. “Many people have worked extremely hard for years to provide the required resources to benefit the students, faculty, staff and administration of Kennesaw State University. It is a privilege to serve in this role, and an honor to work on behalf of our growing community of more than 24,000 students, and I am looking forward to leading this charge. I would like to add my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Norman for his personal contributions to this university and the Foundation.”
In addition to saluting Engel’s new role, Papp paid tribute to Radow’s five years of service as chair and dozen years as a trustee of the Foundation. He noted the founder and CEO of The RADCO Companies’ extensive knowledge of real estate and construction, which has benefitted the University’s many successful projects over the years.
“During Norman’s and Connie’s tenure as chair and vice chair, respectively, the Foundation has greatly expanded Kennesaw State’s infrastructure –– everything from The Commons, the $21-million Student Culinary Center, to the Kennesaw State Stadium,” said Papp. “Norman’s leadership also helped us build the Central Parking Deck, which added 2,700 parking spaces, and the $26-million residence hall University Place II, which brought the number of beds on campus to nearly 3,500. He has helped us transform this campus.”
Radow’s leadership was further demonstrated this past April with the opening of Phase III of the University’s 88-acre Sports and Recreation Park. Nine new fields, an NCAA-regulation track and a nine-acre lake all are adjacent to an 8,300-seat stadium that hosts sporting events and concerts. Funded by student fees, the park features numerous other amenities, including a .92-mile walking/jogging trail.
“I have been fortunate to be the steward of the Foundation for the past five years, and was vice chair and chair of the real estate committee long before that,” said Radow. “During that time we have experienced exceptional growth and have provided Kennesaw State with the tools it needed to become a University of national excellence.
“I am proud to turn over the leadership of the Foundation I love to Connie Engel, a person I respect and a person who I know is committed to our University,” Radow continued. “I have known Connie for many years, and I am her biggest cheerleader. She has the passion and civic purpose this Foundation craves at this important and exciting time in Kennesaw State’s history. I personally endorse her leadership.”
The KSU Foundation made its first real estate acquisition in 1999, when it purchased the former Outlet Limited Mall for the University’s Continuing Education facilities. Today, the Foundation has operating revenues of more than $40 million and more than $400 million in assets under its management.
"Kennesaw State has benefited tremendously during Norman Radow's leadership, transforming from a commuter school into a residential university on the cusp of national prominence,” said Richard Corhen, chief operating officer of the Foundation. “I am confident that Connie Engel will be an outstanding chair, given her strong business acumen, her relationship-building skills and thorough knowledge of the Foundation.”
In 2007, the KSU Foundation helped launch Kennesaw State’s first comprehensive capital campaign with a goal of raising $75 million over five years to benefit academic programs, facilities, scholarships, faculty and staff development and athletics. That goal was achieved 15 months early, despite a slowing economy.
The 43rd Anniversary Dinner was attended by more than 150 people, including members of the board of trustees, trustee emeriti and active trustee members.
For details on the KSU Foundation trustees who received recognition and awards at the Dinner, please visit:
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.