Alumni boards reach agreement to consolidate

signing(Oct. 4, 2016) The alumni association boards of directors of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University have reached an agreement to consolidate.

At the alumni tailgate party prior to Kennesaw State’s opening football game on Sept. 3, Steve Ellis ’03 and Frank Ziller ’07, presidents of the KSU and SPSU alumni associations, respectively, signed official documents to formally consolidate the two boards. Several alumni and Dr. Houston D. Davis, Kennesaw State interim president, were in attendance to witness the agreement to merge.

“I am honored to serve as the first president of the newly consolidated KSU Alumni Association,” Ellis said. “The KSU alumni family is the product of a marriage between Southern Polytechnic State University and Kennesaw State University. With this agreement, we now have one outstanding alumni association to serve both sides of the family tree.

“The new KSU Alumni Association will continue the hard work of its parent organizations and will also forge ahead with new goals, ideas and initiatives to serve our growing family of 105,000 alumni. Whether you graduated from SPSU, KSU or the new KSU you are always part of our alumni family.”

Work on consolidating the two alumni boards began in 2014. The new agreement includes equal representation from both legacy boards.

“It has been a great honor serving and contributing to consolidation and creation of the ‘New U’ since the announcement was made almost three years ago,” said Ziller, who will now serve as vice president of the newly formed board. “The successful consolidation of the legacy Kennesaw State University and legacy Southern Polytechnic State University alumni organizations is the result of 30 alumni association board members’ hard work, innovative thinking and passionate service.

“I am very excited to see what the future holds.”

 

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