KSU Pays Tribute to Generous Supporters


Students are first at Kennesaw State. Many generous donors demonstrate their commitment to this principle by ensuring that KSU has the resources available to help our students succeed.

Tonight, KSU hosts the annual Trustee and Alumni Award Ceremony, where we recognize individuals who have demonstrated dedication to the Owl Family. This year, we honor:

  • Ellen Scott Long, founder of Long Engineering, as the posthumous recipient of the Clarice C. Bagwell Award for Distinguished Service. She and her husband, longtime trustee Shepherd Long, established the Ellen and Shepherd Long Endowed Scholarship for civil engineering students at KSU. 
  • KSU trustee Steven Cadranel, president of Arris Realty Partners, as the recipient of this year’s Chairman’s Award. Cadranel manages the real estate portfolio for the KSU Foundation. 
  • Mickey Dunn, president and chief executive officer of ML Industries, as the recipient of the Horace W. Sturgis Award. Last year, Dunn committed a generous gift in support of the Kennesaw State baseball program. 
  • Trustee Chester A. (Chet) Austin as the recipient of the Kalafut Award for Exceptional Service. The co-founder and former CEO of Tip Top Poultry, Austin has been a trustee since 2005, and he and his late wife, Hazel, have funded several scholarships for students at Kennesaw State. 
  • Jeffrey C. Shropshire and Trenton D. Turk as recipients of the KSU Distinguished Alumni Award. Shropshire serves as senior vice president for C.W. Matthews Contracting Company and is active on KSU’s Construction Industry Advisory Board. Turk is vice chair/chair elect of the KSU Foundation’s Executive Committee. He and his wife, LaSona, have endowed two scholarships for students at Kennesaw State.

These award winners exemplify a deep and sincere passion for this university and our students. They have demonstrated distinguished achievements in their professional fields and serve as examples of the true spirit of KSU. We are proud to call them a part of the Owl community.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten