From the Agnes Scott College website…
Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss has announced her plans to step down on June 30, 2018, at the conclusion of her 12th year in this position. Known locally, nationally and internationally for her work as a leader and scholar in the areas of moral and political philosophy and ethics, Kiss is the eighth president of Agnes Scott.
Her major accomplishments include:
- Enrolling the three largest classes in Agnes Scott College history (fall 2010, 2015 and 2016).
- Launching SUMMIT, which “The Chronicle of Higher Education” last week called “perhaps the best-known signature-experience program” in the country, through which every student completes a core curriculum focused on global learning and leadership development and builds a personal Board of Advisors, including a career mentor.
- Garnering national recognition for the college, including “#4 Most Innovative School” by “U.S. News & World Report” and the 2017 American Council on Education/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation.
- Establishing nine new majors and minors, as well as new partnerships with Emory and Georgia Tech.
- Launching—and exceeding by nearly $16 million—a $100 million comprehensive campaign for the college.
- Ensuring long-term commitments to sustainability on the campus via the use of geothermal and solar energy and establishing a $1 million Green Revolving Fund for energy efficiency.
- Strengthening the college’s commitment to a just and inclusive environment by establishing the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion, with full-time staff; implementing a Living Wage policy; and supporting the creation of a Staff Council.
Under Kiss’ leadership, Agnes Scott students have garnered Marshall, Truman and Goldwater scholarships, and the college has been named a “Top Fulbright Producer,” with 30 Fulbrights awarded during her tenure. The U.S. Department of Education has named Agnes Scott “the top national performer” (among private not-for-profit colleges and universities) for its success in graduating low-income students.
“Agnes Scott College is a better place today because of Elizabeth Kiss’ extraordinary leadership and unwavering commitment to our mission of educating women to be strong leaders in a global society,” said Agnes Scott Board Chair Elizabeth D. Holder ’82. “Elizabeth’s transformative leadership will be felt on this campus for years to come. She will truly be missed.”
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