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Input Welcomed on Search

Invitation to Provide Input on the Presidential Search

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dear Members of the Agnes Scott Community,
As you know, we will soon begin an international search for Agnes Scott’s next president. The outstanding leadership that Elizabeth Kiss has provided for 11 years has positioned us well for the search for her successor, and we are looking forward to the first meeting of the search committee on June 21 to begin this important process.
Along with this first meeting, we are planning a series of conversations with various stakeholders including faculty, staff, senior administrators, trustees, students and alumnae (see below). While we encourage everyone who can to come to these meetings, we realize many of you have left campus for the summer. A second set of conversations is being planned for the early fall. The goal for these conversations will be to discuss Agnes Scott’s culture, strengths and opportunities and to assist the search committee in collecting input on the “ideal” qualifications we want in our new president. Our search consultants from Witt/Kieffer, a highly regarded national executive search firm specializing in leadership searches in higher education, will lead these conversations. Robin Mamlet, managing partner of the Education Practice, will lead the search assisted by senior partner Jean Dowdall and consultant Jennifer Desjarlais (see team bio below). Specifically, our questions will focus on the following areas:

  • What do you believe to be the most important institutional priorities and needs of the college for the next three to five years?
  • What will you see at Agnes Scott in five years that tells you that we’ve appointed the right person?
  • What potential obstacles and challenges might there be in getting there?
  • What qualities and credentials does the person need in order to achieve this agenda?

Please take time to give some thought to these questions in advance of the scheduled meetings. If you are unable to attend in person, we welcome your responses to these questions and other thoughts about the search you may wish to share. You may send your responses to or to
We will use the information garnered from these conversations and emails in developing a “Leadership Profile” that will represent our opportunity in a compelling way, as well as in evaluating candidates. The Leadership Profile will be shared with potential candidates and also with individuals who may want to provide us with nominations. Your participation is essential to the committee’s work: it is our collective vision for the next president that will be used to craft a compelling, aspirational and honest leadership profile to guide us in recruiting and evaluating candidates for the position.
We look forward to this important journey, and we appreciate the time you will take to provide your input. On behalf of the search committee, we want to personally thank you for your participation.

Deb Harris Painter ’75 Elizabeth H. Noe ’86
Trustee Trustee
Search Committee Co-chair     Search Committee Co-chair



Members of the campus community are invited to attend these open sessions on Wednesday, June 21:

2:15- 3:15 p.m. Open Session for Faculty
  Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Campus Center
  Open Session for Staff
  The Hub, Alston Campus Center
3:30- 4:10 p.m. Open Session for Students
  Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Campus Center

Local alumnae leaders will be invited to meet with the consultants later in the day, and opportunities for all alumnae to share their thoughts with the Witt/Kieffer team will be made available once the search website is live.