"Agnes Scott is a magical place, and it has been an honor and a joy to work alongside you to advance our powerful mission to educate women to ‘think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their time.’” - Elizabeth Kiss

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Thanks to the strong and visionary leadership of President Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott has strategic momentum and a growing national reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution. SUMMIT is going strong, an exciting portfolio of graduate programs is set to launch and a Welcome Center in a renovated Rebekah Scott Hall is scheduled to open in fall 2018.

To honor the legacy and achievements of President Kiss, Agnes Scott has established an endowment to provide financial support for the SUMMIT director position. The college invites alumnae and friends who want to honor her legacy through philanthropy to make a gift to the Elizabeth Kiss SUMMIT Directorship Endowment Fund. Contributions to the fund will provide budget-relieving support to the college for the position held by Elaine Meyer-Lee.  

All gifts made to the Kiss SUMMIT Directorship may be pledged over a period up to five years and donors will be recognized in the SUMMIT offices. If you'd like to make a gift now, click here.

During her leadership over the past 11 years, President Kiss has accomplished much for Agnes Scott, including:

  • Enrolled the three largest classes in Agnes Scott history (the classes of 2014, 2019 and 2020), hit new college records for retention and for the number of enrolled degree-seeking students, and increased net revenue 10 of the past 11 years;

  • Garnered national recognition as a higher education leader, including #2 Most Innovative School (U.S. News & World Report) and the 2017 ACE Award for Institutional Transformation;

  • Completed the largest fundraising campaign in college history, The Greatness Before Us, raising $115.9 million for scholarships, professorships, innovative programs, facilities improvements and The Fund for Agnes Scott;

  • Became a nationally recognized leader in environmental sustainability, installing solar and geothermal on campus, establishing a $1 million Green Revolving Fund, making substantial progress toward our goal of climate neutrality by 2037 and earning the 2015 Southface Award of Excellence;

  • Made commitment to diversity and inclusion a strategic priority, establishing the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion and being named the #2 Most Diversified College in America by Time Magazine;

  • Dramatically enhanced our support for students’ career and internship development, with 78 percent of this year’s graduates completing an internship and 56 percent of job-seeking seniors securing an offer by the time they graduated;
  • Strengthened our NCAA Division III athletic program, winning 11 championships in the Great South Athletic Conference and making a strong debut this year in the nation’s largest Division III conference, the USA South;

  • Reduced the college’s debt by $20 million and successfully secured funding for approximately $30 million in capital projects while honoring a policy of taking on no additional debt.

Most transformative for the college, she led the launch of SUMMIT, providing every student with a distinctive focus on global learning and leadership development in what the Chronicle of Higher Education called “perhaps the best-known signature-experience program” in the country.

For more information about the Elizabeth Kiss SUMMIT Directorship, please contact Robiaun Charles, vice president for college advancement, at rcharles@agnesscott.edu.

"Wherever my journey leads, I will forever cherish my time at Agnes Scott and be proud of my membership in the Black Ring Mafia." -Elizabeth Kiss