Distinguished Service Medal awarded to Maj. Gen. Maria Britt
Kennesaw State University administrator honored for military service
KENNESAW, Ga. (JULY 28, 2014) — Maj. Gen. Maria Britt, the first female head of the Georgia National Guard and, since 2012, Kennesaw State University associate vice president for operations, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.
The presidential award, presented by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is one of the nation’s highest. The citation recognizes Britt’s “exceptional meritorious service from February 21, 2008 to September 30, 2011, as the commanding general, Georgia Army National Guard.”
Britt joined Kennesaw State in February 2012 after a 28-year military career. In her last post, she served as commanding general of Georgia’s 11,000 National Guard soldiers. During her tenure, she twice led the Georgia National Guard to win the prestigious Army Process Improvement Criteria First Runner-Up award.
“I congratulate Maj. Gen. Maria Britt for being awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for her outstanding leadership while she was commanding general of the Georgia Army National Guard. Maria’s honor brings a great deal of pride to our university and community,” said Randy Hinds, Kennesaw State’s vice president for operations, chief information officer and chief business officer, who came to KSU after a distinguished 30-year military career as a colonel. Hinds himself was the recipient of three Legion of Merit medals, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
A native of Gloversville, N.Y., Britt is among the first female graduates of the United States Military Academy, West Point, and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Joint Military Intelligence College. She also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and earned a second master’s degree in strategic studies.
Britt is a strong advocate for veterans’ issues and participates as a member of the KSU Presidential Commission on Veterans Affairs, working closely with the KSU Veterans Resource Center and the KSU Veteran Recruitment Advisory Committee. She serves on advisory boards for the Shepherd Center, the Coles College of Business Women’s Leadership Center, Women Veterans Social Justice, and the Coles College of Business Georgia Advancing Veterans Education (GAVE).
The Distinguished Service Medal was authorized by Presidential Order and authorized by Congress in 1918.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.
-- Robert S. Godlewski