Kennesaw State is a Community
Often in the course of a university community’s growth, it becomes necessary for its members to reflect on what they believe and the things they care about. These moments allow us to work to confirm our expectations for the community and the principles that define our success.
As a university with more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff, Kennesaw State is composed of individuals who bring with them unique perspectives. We are thankful for, and benefit from, this diversity of experience as it is one of this university’s significant strengths.
Sometimes we need to reaffirm what it means to be a community — what it means to be an Owl. Fortunately, we have a university statement of values — the Owl Creed — that helps to remind us all of the commitments that bind us together.
For the past 20 years, members of our community have looked to the Owl Creed as an example of the ideals Kennesaw State works to uphold. Every one of the five statements drives home the need for each of us to remain devoted to academic excellence and personal integrity.
But in those times when we need to remind ourselves where we are as stakeholders in KSU, two parts of the Owl Creed stand out: “I will always encourage unity by appreciating the differences in people and their ideas;” and “I will always remain faithful to the ideas suggested and deter any behavior that threatens the rights of any KSU member.”
Those words cut straight to the point: we have a shared loyalty to Kennesaw State, and we take care of each other. Being a KSU Owl affords each of us the opportunity to treat others with respect in a culture of civilized behavior and mutual regard. With the Owl Creed, we are saying that discrimination in any form is unacceptable. This is the character of KSU.
As President, I expect that each of us will embrace the meaning of the creed and never tolerate actions that would divide our institution. We each have a responsibility to make our campuses safe and welcoming to everyone. The best universities come together when their beliefs are challenged, and together, as students, faculty, staff, and alumni, we are strong. We are a family and the KSU family takes care of one another.