Agnes Scott College Announces New Board of Trustees Members

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Decatur, GA, --Two new members have been elected to Agnes Scott College’s Board of Trustees effective July 1—Douglas A. Hicks and Joanne D. Smith. 


Douglas A. Hicks is the dean of Oxford College of Emory University and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Religion. As dean, he serves as the chief administrative and academic officer of Oxford College, one of the nine academic units of Emory University. He joined Oxford College from Colgate University, where he served as provost and dean of the faculty. Prior to that, Hicks was professor of leadership studies and religion at the University of Richmond. In 2012, the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia awarded Hicks its Outstanding Faculty Award, the commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty members in higher education. Hicks’ scholarship focuses on leadership, religion in politics and the workplace, and the ethical dimensions of economic issues.  An ordained Presbyterian minister, Hicks holds a doctorate and a master’s in religion from Harvard University and a master’s in divinity from Duke University. He began his academic career at Davidson College, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics.  

Joanne D. Smith is executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Delta Air joanne-d-smith.jpgLines. She is responsible for preserving the airline's unique culture of positive engagement with its more than 80,000 employees, overseeing talent management and development, recruitment, HR service delivery, diversity and inclusion, and HR policies and programs. Smith first joined Delta in 2002 as vice president–Marketing and Customer Service for Song and later served as Delta’s vice president-Marketing. Under Smith’s leadership, Delta was named one of the 2017 and 2018 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. Throughout her 30-year career in the travel industry, Smith has received numerous awards and recognition including 25 Power Women to Watch in Atlanta, Advertising Age Top 10 Women to Watch and Wall Street Journal’s Top Women to Watch. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University. 

“I am excited to welcome Doug and Joanne to our Board of Trustees. They each bring a wealth of experience in their respective fields and will provide critical knowledge and perspectives that will serve to strengthen our board,” said Elizabeth Daniel Holder ’82, an Agnes Scott alumna and chair of the Board of Trustees. “They are arriving at an exciting time at Agnes Scott, with Leocadia I. Zak assuming the presidency in July, record enrollment projected for fall 2018 and the college being named #2 Most Innovative School by U.S. News & World Report in recognition of SUMMIT, Agnes Scott’s signature approach to a liberal arts education that focuses on global learning and leadership development. ” 

giselle-f-martin-2.jpgAlso joining the board as the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association president is Giselle F. Martin ’98, who is the associate dean of admissions at Emory University and holds a bachelor’s in international relations from Agnes Scott and a master’s in history and sociology of science and technology from Georgia Tech. 

Trustees ending service on the board as of June 30 are Susan S. Hitchcock ’67 and Susan A. Phillips ’67.  Two former trustees, along with Dr. Phillips, were honored with election to emerita status: former Atlanta City Councilwoman Clair M. Muller ’67 and Joyce K. Essien, a physician who retired as a captain from the U.S. Public Health Service.

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.