KSU Alumni: Vital Members of the Owl Family


It was a wonderful Homecoming at Kennesaw State last week, as we welcomed many of our outstanding alumni back to campus. It was an important opportunity to share some of the good news about the university with those who laid the foundation for the KSU we have today.

Our alumni — more than 100,000 strong — are among the most loyal and passionate supporters we have at Kennesaw State, as they make connections from our community to points all over the world. They have translated their experiences as students to exemplary careers that demonstrate where a Kennesaw State education can take you.

Whether our alumni are working directly with current students as mentors in the business or public sectors, or they are simply talking with prospective students about KSU, our alumni are the best ambassadors for the university as we look to the future.

With that in mind, during the Homecoming celebration, KSU hosted the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, where we recognized board members of the KSU Alumni Association and our KSU Foundation trustees. In addition, there were three honorees this year for the Distinguished Alumni Awards who merit special mention for the way they give back to their alma mater by serving current students:

  • Matthew Finn (Bachelor of Architecture, ’07) continually mentors architecture students and advises recent graduates entering into practice or graduate research.
  • Daryle Higginbotham (B.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology, ’89), the former chairman of the Southern Polytechnic State University Foundation, currently serves on several department industry advisory boards for engineering.
  • Brian Pendley (Bachelor of Business in Accounting, ’94) serves as the lead campus recruiting coordinator to KSU for Ernst & Young, one of the largest accounting agencies in the world.

These award winners, along with all of their colleagues in the Alumni Association, exemplify the high standards of being a graduate of this university. They demonstrate distinguished achievements in their professional fields and embody the spirit of KSU’s dedication to community engagement.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten