Agnes Scott College Elects Beth Holder ’82 as Next Chair of Board of Trustees

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Beth HolderElizabeth “Beth” Daniel Holder has been elected as the next chair of Agnes Scott College’s Board of Trustees. Holder will officially begin her term of service on July 1, 2016. A class of 1982 alumna, Holder received a degree in economics at Agnes Scott and pursued an early career in banking at First Atlanta Bank (now Wells Fargo). She is a noted philanthropist and active community leader in Atlanta who previously chaired the board of the Atlanta Ballet.  

Holder will succeed Clyde C. Tuggle, senior vice president and chief public affairs and communications officer at The Coca-Cola Company, who completes his board term on June 30, 2016. Portia O. Morrison ’66, an attorney in Chicago, will continue as vice chair. 

“I’m deeply honored to be elected to chair the Board of Trustees. As an alumna, I understand and appreciate the value of an Agnes Scott education, and my appointment represents an opportunity to give back to the college in a meaningful way,” said Holder. “This is an exciting time at Agnes Scott as we have just welcomed our largest-ever first-year class and launched SUMMIT, which provides every student with a focus on global learning and leadership development. It’s a privilege to help shape the future of an institution that is on the move and committed to preparing students to be leaders in a global society.”  

Since joining the Agnes Scott Board of Trustees in 2008, Holder has chaired the board's College Advancement Committee and its Committee on Trustees. She is also a national co-chair of The Greatness Before Us: The Campaign for Agnes Scott College, which has raised $97 million toward the $100 million goal. The campaign concludes December 2016. 

“Beth Holder is a highly respected leader in our community who brings incisive strategic intelligence, grace and extraordinary dedication to everything she does,” said Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss. “Her many connections across Atlanta and beyond, her passionate commitment to Agnes Scott’s mission and strategic direction, and her legendary ability to persuade people to support causes she believes in make her the ideal board leader for the next chapter of Agnes Scott’s history.”

In addition to Agnes Scott and the Atlanta Ballet, Holder has served on the board of the Camp Merrie-Woode Foundation, Georgia Center for Children, the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the North Georgia Chapter of the March of Dimes. She is currently on the advisory council of the St. Simons Land Trust and is president of the Kelin Foundation. She is married to Thomas M. (Tommy) Holder, chairman and CEO of Holder Construction Co., and they have two grown daughters.

“Clyde Tuggle has been an exemplary board chair for Agnes Scott and has helped recruit a highly effective and distinguished group of trustees,” added Holder. “So it is with great enthusiasm that I commit to continuing his model of fine work for the board and college.” 

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.