The Greatness Before Us Capital Campaign Totals 115.9 Million Dollars

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Agnes Scott College has exceeded the $100 million goal of its seven-year capital campaign, securing gifts and pledges totaling $115.9 million. The announcement was made by President Elizabeth Kiss during a formal dinner at the Atlanta History Center. This was the largest capital campaign in Agnes Scott’s history. 

“I am thrilled by the tremendous generosity of Agnes Scott's alumnae and friends.  We have exceeded our goal for The Greatness Before Us campaign thanks to their resounding support for our mission as a college that changes lives and empowers women to make the world a better place,” said Kiss.  “Gifts to this campaign have enabled us to provide scholarships and transformative learning opportunities for students; to attract and retain extraordinary faculty; to renovate critical elements of our beautiful campus and turn them into state-of-the-art living and learning spaces; and to offer a wide variety of innovative programs that prepare our students for success.”

The campaign focused on four areas:

  • Campus Vision – Capital improvements to campus facilities that will preserve and protect the iconic buildings that define the campus while also demonstrating a forward-thinking commitment to sustainability.
  • Faculty Excellence – To ensure the continued excellence of the faculty, fund programs that offer professional development opportunities and resources to help professors reach their full potential as educators.
  • Student Excellence – Securing support for students to help attract and retain the best and brightest students.
  • Innovative Programming – Programs that will nurture strong women with the knowledge, skills and experiences to engage a wider world.

“Exceeding our goal is a remarkable testament to the commitment and dedication of our donors, volunteers and staff,” said Dr. Robiaun Charles, vice president for college advancement.  “We are deeply grateful to those alumnae, friends, foundations, corporations and organizations who gave generously in support of this campaign and look forward to the long lasting impact of their philanthropy and to being honorable stewards of their support.  This is a proud moment in the college's history."

Campaign co-chairs Elizabeth Daniel Holder ’82, Elizabeth Rhett Jones ’73 and Clyde Tuggle, senior vice president and chief public affairs officer of The Coca-Cola Company, expressed their gratitude for the campaign’s success and excitement about its impact on the future of Agnes Scott.

“The success of the campaign really means success for Agnes Scott. The financial commitment of our alumnae, friends, trustees and donors in support of the campaign’s goals means that our students will have opportunities they have never had before,” said Holder. “It means our faculty will be supported as they deserve to be supported. And it means that this beautiful campus will be protected for decades to come.”

“Agnes Scott prepares young women for lifetimes of effective and meaningful leadership,” said Jones.  “I am very proud of the Agnes Scott alumnae who modeled that leadership for our students by contributing more than 50 percent of the total raised in this campaign.  We are all deeply grateful to you for your support and for the impact it will have on students for decades to come. 

“There is greatness before us, as the campaign’s title line says, but here is also greatness among us. That greatness is the passion, dedication and generosity of those who support the Agnes Scott mission,” added Tuggle. “The future is strong because of their support, and lives will be changed because of what they did in this campaign.”

The campaign included:

  • More than 10,000 donors
  • 1,324 student donors
  • Gifts and pledges from 49 states, the District of Columbia and 51 countries
  • More than 20 single gifts of $1 million or greater
  • Naming opportunities funded: seven professorships, 43 named spaces in Rebekah Hall, and 46 named spaces in Campbell Hall

Additional information about the campaign is available at

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.