President Named to NAICU Board

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

ATLANTA — Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College, was named to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Board of Directors on Feb. 3.

“President Kiss was selected by her peers because of her expertise in the field, proven leadership and commitment to America’s college students,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “She assumes her responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education.”

Members of NAICU’s board of directors set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of NAICU priorities and initiatives; and oversee the association’s financial administration. There are 49 members of the board and they serve three-year terms.

Elizabeth Kiss
Elizabeth Kiss

Elizabeth Kiss is the eighth president of Agnes Scott College. Before coming to Agnes Scott in 2006, she was the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and an associate professor of the practice of political science and philosophy at Duke University. She has served as interim director of the Center for Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy, co-director of the Humanitarian Challenges at Home and Abroad FOCUS program, a member of the Council on Civic Engagement, and an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council at Duke. Previously she taught politics at Princeton University for eight years and also taught at Randolph-Macon College and Deep Springs College.

A 1983 graduate of Davidson College and a Rhodes Scholar, Kiss received a B.Phil. and D.Phil. in philosophy from Oxford University in England. She has held fellowships at the Harvard Program in Ethics and the Professions, the National Humanities Center, and Melbourne University’s Centre on Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Kiss specializes in moral and political philosophy and has published on moral judgment and education, human rights, the application of rights theories to issues of ethnic conflict and nationalism, feminist debates about rights and justice, and justice in the aftermath of human rights violations.

Kiss is a trustee of Duke University, the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) and the Woodruff Arts Center. A member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and the Women's Forum of Georgia, she also serves on the executive committee of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, the board of directors of the Women’s College Coalition, the American Council on Education’s Commission on Women in Higher Education and SunTrust Bank, Atlanta. Kiss was awarded the Davidson College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2008 and was named as one of the Women of Distinction for 2006-2007 by the Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia. She has served as vice chair of the board of trustees of Davidson College as well as on the boards of the Center for Academic Integrity and the Durham Nativity School.


Since 1976, NAICU has represented private nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation and government regulation. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. These institutions include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business and other professions.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.