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Congratulations to Robiaun Charles, vice president for College Advancement

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Vice President for College Advancement Robiaun Charles has accepted a position as vice president with the global fundraising management consulting firm Grenzebach Glier and Associates. Her last day at Agnes Scott will be Oct. 15.

Over the past six years, Robiaun has challenged the college to think differently about its needs and the future of philanthropy. She has led college fundraising efforts to record levels with energy and creativity, strengthened alumnae engagement with the college, and revamped communications with alumnae and donors.

From Robiaun:
I want the Agnes Scott community to know that this decision was not an easy one. Agnes Scott has made an indelible imprint on my life. Yet, it is my hope that you are as proud as I am about what we have accomplished during my time at the college. From successfully completing the $100 million Greatness before Us comprehensive campaign and launching the $31.8 million Campaign for Main to receiving awards for achievements in fundraising, advancement communication and alumnae relations, we have done remarkable things. In the last two years, we have had the largest fundraising year in the college’s history and exceeded the unrestricted and budget-relieving fundraising goal, paving the way for increasing the operational support the college needs for financial sustainability. Together, we have built a culture of philanthropy at Agnes Scott.

From my first day on campus, I have been honored to serve this special community through my work. I am filled with gratitude for a team of advancement professionals who have capably and efficaciously fostered relationships with individuals and institutions to garner philanthropic support for the college. To the alumnae, friends and donors in “Scottie” land, thank you for your enduring and impassioned investments in the college. Without you and your generosity there would be no Agnes Scott College and that is true now more than ever. Agnes Scott needs you!

While my time on campus will end, I will forever have purple blood running through my veins and remain exceedingly appreciative of the opportunity I have had to advance the college’s mission to educate women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.

 

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Happy 100th Birthday to Reverend J. Phillips Noble!

A devoted and generous friend of the college, Reverend J. Phillips Noble celebrated his 100th birthday on August 18, 2021. Reverend Noble grew up in Learned, Miss.  After graduating from King College in Bristol, Tenn., and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga, he was ordained a Presbyterian minister. He completed graduate work in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Cambridge University in England. From 1956 to 1971, he was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Anniston, Ala. Over his career, he also served pastorates in Georgia and South Carolina, the last of which was Charleston’s historic First (Scots) Presbyterian Church. Noble was also executive secretary of the Board of Annuities and Relief and co-president of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church, USA. He has traveled extensively on six continents. Noble was married for 67 years to Betty Pope Scott, who died in 2012. They had three children (Betty, Phil Jr., and Scott) and two grandchildren. Noble is long retired and lives now in Decatur, Ga. At 100 years old, he is still alert, inquisitive, and in touch with a wide circle of family and friends. He honored his late wife Betty by funding the Betty Pope Scott Noble Heritage Center in 2011 and supporting the renovation of the Scott-Sams President's Home in 2018 at Agnes Scott College.

Reverend Noble is the author of Beyond the Burning Bus: The Civil Rights Revolution in a Southern Town (2006) an account of his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in Anniston and the recently released Reflections on my Journey: Turning One Hundred (2021). Other books Noble has published are Getting Beyond Tragedy: a Minister’s Search for Answers to the ‘Why, God’ Question Which Torments Families (2005); Words and Images that Seep into the Soul (2013); and Words that Stretch the Mind and Lift the Spirit (2018).

 

In case you missed it: The Fund for Agnes Scott Breaks All-Time Record!

During this extraordinary time that we are living, the constant that always remains is the Scottie spirit. This year we asked to lean on you like never before. And you responded.

Thank you for making the impossible possible by giving the highest total in The Fund for Agnes Scott’s history, $2,961,918 – with 30% of alumnae participating! 

More Impressive fiscal year 2020-21 fundraising numbers:

  • $13.1 million in new gifts and pledges raised
  • 2,903 individuals and organizations made a gift
  • 330 leadership gifts (gifts of $2,500 or more)
  • 2,511 gifts under $100
  • 1,693 Fideles Members (3 consecutive years of giving)
  • 60% of donors renewed their gifts to The Fund for Agnes Scott.
  • $4.2 million raised by reunion years (classes of the 1s and 6s)

Your collective gifts – large and small – make a difference in the lives of Scotties today. These flexible funds allow Agnes Scott to seize new opportunities, respond to unexpected challenges and support our robust financial aid program that makes an Agnes Scott education possible for all students. Again, thank you for your support. We are #StrongerTogether!

Watch alum Luchsingers perform a special thank-you performance of "Lean on Me” in the video above. And remember, it’s never too early to make your gift for fiscal year 2021-2022.