Welcome to the Siegel Institute! I encourage you to peruse this site to discover the new and exciting offerings as well as information about our programs and current projects. Take a moment to explore our many workshops and conferences as well as the course offerings in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Ethics.

This year, we will continue to offer a series of workshops leading up to the Phenomenal Women's Conference. These pre-Conference workshops allow participants to explore topics of interest in a relaxed workshop-style setting. This coming year, we have planned a series of five workshops for women who are interested in enhancing their leadership potential.

Each semester we will focus on a different aspect of Leadership and/or Ethics.  For example, this fall we will focus on Sports and Ethics.  Included in our upcoming activities are a one-day conference, two book discussions, and a graduate class on Sports and Ethics. 

I hope you enjoy discovering the various programs and projects offered by the Siegel Institute and that you will choose to attend some of our events. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Siegel Institute, please feel free to contact us at 470-578-2000.

-Dr. Linda M. Johnston, Executive Director

Students and Scrappy


Dr. Linda Marie Golian-Lui

I received my Ed.D. from Florida Atlantic University in 1998 with a focus on Higher Education Administration and Educational Leadership. This is also when my journey as a lifelong learner began in earnest. As a library leader, an academic, an active member of my local community, and most importantly, as a role model for my 15-year old daughter, I find the phenomena of abruptly completing a formal educational program an absurd suspension of my professional and personal growth. I have so much more to learn, live and explore.   

For me, the life of a lifelong learning is the consistent, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge and experiences for both personal and professional reasons.  Lifelong learning enhances my life with social opportunities, improved skills as an informed citizen, personal development that keeps me feeling alive, and professional development that helps me to stay competitive and sharp.

Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character has provided me a unique opportunity with their Graduate Certificate Program to continue the development of my leadership skills while exploring a new world of ethics and character building.  The program is helping me confirm my professional integrity, while developing a deeper ethical leadership background and a more robust understanding of organizational strategies. The program supports my belief in a team approach to problem solving, collaboration, and the development of human resources. I welcome you to join me on this beautiful journey.  

Linda Marie Golian-Lui, Ed.D., Ed.S, M.L.I.S.

Associate Dean, Department Chair, Professor of Library Science

Kennesaw State University Library System

Graduate Research Assistant

Alicia Whittle 


Alicia has recently graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Communication, with a concentration in Organization. In addition, she has also received a Leadership Certificate to accompany her degree. Alicia is a former Student-Athlete here at KSU and participated on the Women’s Track and Field team. She specialized in the sprints and currently holds eight KSU track and field records, which include the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 100-meter dash, and the 400-meter. Academically, she has been on the President's List for the past three years, a 3-Time NCAA Academic All-American, a KSU Owls of Excellence selection (2014), a Peach of an Athlete Role Model Nominee for 2015, and a recipient of the John McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship.  Alicia has been accepted into the Integrated Global Communication program here at KSU. Her future plans are to work with an international company or organization as a part of its communication and marketing team. 


Alex AlmodovarAlex Almodovar

Alex is 22 years old and was born in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. His family moved to Georgia when he was 8 years old. He attended Hillgrove high school where he played four years of high school soccer, and he even played in a Final Four state championship game!

Alex received his Bachelor of Science in
Sport Management with a concentration in Marketing at Kennesaw State, and he is currently pursuing his Master's in Public Administration.

As far as Alex's career goals, he hopes to find himself working in either the public sector within the federal government or the private sector in business or in professional sports. He worked for the Atlanta Braves for two and a half years as part of their B.A.T (Braves Around Town) team and he is currently working with the Atlanta Hawks as a member of the Flight Crew. He was also an intern with the Atlanta Hawks in their Event Marketing and Promotions department. Alex's hobbies include: sports (mostly basketball, soccer, and football), playing video games, movies, music, and going out with friends.