Agnes Scott College names Dr. Robiaun Rogers Charles as Vice President for College Advancement

Friday, August 21, 2015

Robiaun CharlesAgnes Scott College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robiaun Rogers Charles as the college’s new Vice President for College Advancement. Charles will lead the advancement team in completing the college’s $100 million The Greatness Before Us comprehensive campaign and play a key role in shaping future efforts to secure philanthropic support as Agnes Scott launches its new signature initiative, Summit, designed to prepare graduates to lead in a dynamic global society.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Charles is joining our leadership team,” said President Elizabeth Kiss. “A strong advocate for the liberal arts and for women’s colleges, she impressed all of us with her charisma, warmth and intelligence.  She will be a wonderful representative of Agnes Scott with alumnae, friends, foundations and the larger community. ” 

Charles, who began her new role this month, brings more than 17 years of experience in higher education fundraising. For the past seven years she has been at the University of Texas at Austin, serving most recently as associate vice president and executive director of development in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, where she led a team of 13 and spearheaded an advancement operation raising $6 million annually as part of the university’s $3 billion campaign. Charles previously worked at the University of Evansville and at Johnson C. Smith University. 

 With sixteen months remaining, The Greatness Before Us campaign has raised more than $96 million toward its $100 million goal. Through Summit, which launches this fall, every student, regardless of major, will complete a core curriculum focused on global learning and leadership development and build a personal Board of Advisors, including a career mentor. 

“The extraordinary success of The Greatness Before Us campaign is indicative of Agnes Scott’s strong future,” Charles said. “Summit reflects Agnes Scott’s commitment to its mission and distinguishes the college as an exemplar of innovation in higher education. I am honored to have this tremendous opportunity to advance the college’s mission and pleased to serve as a strategic thought partner to President Kiss and to join the Agnes Scott family at this very exciting time.”

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Charles is a graduate of Rollins College with a major in philosophy and a minor in African and African-American studies. She earned her master's degree in nonprofit administration from Georgia State University and her doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University. Her many awards include Rollins College's 2004 Young Alumnus of the Year, Austin Woman Magazine's Distinguished African-American Woman in 2013 and selection for the 2015 class of Leadership America.  She serves on the Board of Trustees of Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  

“Dr. Charles will be a dynamic and compelling advocate for Agnes Scott and for Summit,” said Kiss. “I very much look forward to working with her.” Charles, her husband and their 10-year-old daughter live in Decatur near the Agnes Scott campus.

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.