Agnes Scott College Announces New Board of Trustees Members

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Decatur, GA, July 13, 2017—Three new members have joined Agnes Scott College’s Board of Trustees, effective July 1—Duriya Farooqui, Kathryn M. Scott ’85 and Tawana L. Ware ’96.


Duriya Farooqui Kathryn M. Scott Tawana Lee Ware
Duriya Farooqui Kathryn M. Scott ’85 Tawana Lee Ware ’96

Duriya Farooqui is executive director of Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), a coalition of 40 corporate CEOs, Atlanta leaders and the Mayor, working on the most critical investments for Atlanta’s future. She is also a board director of Intercontinental Exchange Inc. and advisor to Engage Ventures. Before joining ACP in 2016, Ms. Farooqui was a principal at Bain & Company and has served as COO for the City of Atlanta, where she was responsible for all city operations with a $2 billion budget and more than 7,000 employees. She has also worked with the Center for International Development at Harvard University, The World Bank and the Center for Global Development. Ms. Farooqui holds an M.P.A. in international development from Harvard University and a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Hampshire College. She is a trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center. 

Kathryn M. Scott ’85 is a senior consultant at FocusKPI in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2013, her work has focused on business-to-business digital marketing in roles that bridge business and analytics. As a consultant, she has worked for three different teams at Hewlett-Packard. Now at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, she helps teams understand their customers and evaluate the performance of their web content and site experience and recommends standards, strategies and best practices for marketing and success measures. Prior to joining FocusKPI, she spent 15 years in digital marketing for brands like Yahoo!, Western Union, BabyCenter and Coupons Inc. and previously held various roles in customer contact strategy, product marketing and sales development. She has also built and managed corporate and foundation support and programs for arts and education organizations, including University of California, Berkeley; the California Academy of Sciences; the American Conservatory Theater; and the Atlanta Symphony. An economics major and 1985 graduate of Agnes Scott, she also studied at Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium.

Tawana Lee Ware ’96, a board-certified pediatric dentist, is an assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis. She is founder of Connected Thoughts Consulting, which provides educational programs and presentations for students geared toward college and professional school preparation, and Healthy Smiles, Happy Hearts, which educates at-risk populations and increases awareness of oral and global health. Ware is a past president of the American Association of Women Dentists. She was awarded the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry Master Clinician Scholarship and has been honored with the National Bessie Delaney Women’s Dentist Award by the National Dental Association and Colgate Palmolive, Inc., a Certificate of Merit from the American Society of Dentistry for Children and Meharry Medical College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award. A 1996 graduate of Agnes Scott, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, she received her D.D.S. in 2002 from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. She earned a certificate in pediatric dentistry in 2004 and a master’s degree in dentistry in 2008 from Indiana University.  Ware previously served one term on the Board of Trustees as president of the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association.

“I am excited to welcome these three new members to our Board of Trustees. They each bring impressive and extensive experience in their fields that will greatly benefit the board and the college,” said Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss. “We have charted a bold course for the college’s future with SUMMIT, our signature innovative approach to a liberal arts education that provides every student with a focus on global learning and leadership development. All of our trustees will be critical in continuing the momentum.”

“I am immensely pleased to have these new trustees join our board. With their depth and diversity of expertise, we feel they will offer valuable insight and perspectives as we lead the college in a strategic direction as it continues to grow,” said Elizabeth Daniel Holder ’82, an Agnes Scott alumna and chair of the Board of Trustees. “Agnes Scott is on a remarkable upward trajectory, including being named a Most Innovative School by U.S. News & World Report and receiving the American Council on Education/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation for its SUMMIT initiative. The other trustees and I are looking forward to working closely with these new members to keep the college on this successful path.”  

Trustees ending service on the board as of June 30 were Wesley A. French, Phyllis E. Kozarsky, Melody C. Justice and Bernard Taylor Jr.  Two former trustees were honored with election to emeritus/a status: J. Walter Drake, an attorney and former mayor, Decatur, Ga., and Presbyterian minister and community leader Joanna M. Adams, Atlanta, Ga.

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.