Karen Goff Named VP for Student Life and Dean of Students

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Agnes Scott College Names Karen Goff as VP for Student Life and Dean of Students

GoffAgnes Scott College is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Goff as the college’s new vice president for student life and dean of students, effective August 1, 2016. 

“Karen wowed all of us with her energy, her passion for student development, her ability to connect with students, her strategic and collaborative leadership style and her deep commitment to women’s education, global learning and leadership development,” said Agnes Scott President Elizabeth Kiss.

Goff will lead the Division of Student Life, which includes Athletics, the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion, the Gué Pardue Hudson Center for Leadership and Service, the Center for Student Involvement, Religious and Spiritual Life, Residence Life and the Wellness Center. She will play a key role in shaping SUMMIT, Agnes Scott’s unique approach to the liberal arts and sciences that provides every student, regardless of major, with a four-year focus on global learning and leadership development and the guidance of a personal board of advisors.

“Karen is the ideal person to lead the Student Life division and build a strong, vibrant, cohesive team of student life professionals as we continue to implement SUMMIT and create an integrated focus on global learning and leadership development throughout the curriculum and co-curriculum,” said Kiss. “She will be a wonderful addition to the college’s leadership team and I look forward to working with her!”

“I am extremely thrilled and excited to be joining the Agnes Scott community,” Goff said. “I was most impressed with the college’s bold and new initiative SUMMIT. The collaborative and integrative curricular and co-curricular educational approach is exactly the kind of high-impact learning practice that contributes to students’ holistic learning and development. President Kiss and the campus community have also been especially welcoming, and I look forward to beginning this next chapter of my career journey with such dynamic and learner-centered community of educators and professionals.”

Goff comes to Agnes Scott with 15 years of higher education and nonprofit leadership experience, including seven years as the chief student affairs officer at Georgian Court University in New Jersey. Her many accomplishments at Georgian Court include creating an Emerging Leaders program and growing the Women in Leadership Development program into a signature initiative with 400 student participants. She also served as the chief judicial officer and deputy Title IX coordinator and implemented a faculty mentoring and academic coaching program for first-year students. 

In 2003, Goff founded InsideOut International, a nonprofit organization that offers leadership training and mentoring to emerging women leaders. She has conducted leadership development workshops in Croatia and participated in short-term mission trips to Jamaica, West Indies, Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Russia. She has also served on the boards of the Girls Scouts of the Jersey Shore, United Way and the Morris & Sussex County Youth Advocate Program. In 2007, she received the Soroptomist International Women of Distinction Award. 

Goff holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and history from Georgian Court and a Master of Divinity with a concentration in counseling from Nyack College. She earned a certificate in leadership development from the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina and is completing a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Northeastern University. She is married to Roger Goff, who is active in the U.S. Army National Guard.

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.