President's Cabinet


Leocadia I. Zak

Named the ninth president of Agnes Scott in 2018, President Leocadia I. Zak previously served as the director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), an independent federal agency that advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. Before joining the public sector, Zak spent 18 years at the Boston law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC. Zak has taught international project finance at Georgetown University Law Center and Boston University School of Law. Zak is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She holds a J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law.


Robiaun R. Charles
Vice President for College Advancement

Robiaun R. Charles assumed the position of vice president for college advancement in August 2015. Previously she was associate vice president and executive director of development for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds an Ed.D. in higher education leadership and policy from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, an M.P.A. in nonprofit administration from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and a B.A. in philosophy from Rollins College.


Christine S. Cozzens 
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College 

Christine S. Cozzens  was named interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college in February 2019. Joining the Agnes Scott faculty in 1987, she is Charles A. Dana Professor of English and founding director of the Center for Writing and Speaking. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley.

Kenneth W. England
Vice President for Business and Finance

Kenneth W. England assumed the position of vice president for business and finance in August 2018. He has more than 15 years experience in higher education operations holding numerous positions at Samford University. Most recently he served as chief financial and business officer at Corning Community College in Corning, New York. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Alabama, a B.G.S. in human resource development and a Master of Science in education from Samford University.  


Alexa W. Gaeta ’98
Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission

Alexa Wood Gaeta assumed the role of vice president for enrollment and dean of admission in April 2017. She has more than 15 years of experience in Agnes Scott's Office of Admission, including nine as the director of admission and four also serving as associate vice president for enrollment. Prior to her work in admission, she was a client representative for the IBM Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Agnes Scott.


Karen C. Goff
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Karen C. Goff assumed the position of vice president for student affairs and dean of students in August 2016. She came to Agnes Scott from Georgian Court University where she served as chief student affairs officer for eight years. She 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.


Lea Ann Hudson ’76
Associate Vice President and Secretary of the Board

Lea Ann Hudson is associate vice president and secretary of the board. She has been secretary of the Board of Trustees since 1995. Previously she held various positions at the college, including director of the Office of the President, director of institutional research and planning, assistant comptroller and registrar. She earned her B.A. in chemistry from Agnes Scott and completed requirements for her C.P.A. certificate at Georgia State University.


Danita V. Knight
Vice President for Communications and Marketing

Danita V. Knight was named vice president for communications and marketing in September 2017.  A former chair of the board of the Atlanta Women's Foundation, she has held senior positions in public relations and communications at the NCAA, Anthem, Inc., the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Council of State Governments and United Way of Central Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, where she majored in broadcast (television) journalism.

porcena_yves-rose_web.png Yves-Rose Porcena
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Yves-Rose Porcena joined Agnes Scott College in July 2019 as the college's inaugural vice president for equity and inclusion. She previously served as chief diversity officer at the University of West Georgia. She holds a doctorate in business administration from the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, a Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Emmanuel College.