President's Cabinet


Elizabeth Kiss
President and Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies

Named the eighth president of Agnes Scott in 2006, Elizabeth Kiss was previously the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and an associate professor of the practice of political science and philosophy at Duke University. A 1983 graduate of Davidson College and a Rhodes Scholar, she received a B.Phil. and D.Phil. in philosophy from Oxford University in England.  


Kerry E. Pannell
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College and Professor of Economics

Kerry E. Pannell was named vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college in 2015 after serving a year as interim vice president. Previously she taught economics at Stanford University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, Bowdoin College and DePauw University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Karen Goff

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.


John P. Hegman
Vice President for Business and Finance

John P. Hegman is vice president for business and finance. Prior to assuming this position at Agnes Scott in 2005, he spent nearly 10 years as the vice president of finance and administration at Converse College. Previously, he held senior financial administration positions in private industry. Mr. Hegman received his B.S. in accounting and his M.B.A. from the University of Dayton.


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.


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 the last nine as the director of admission and the last 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.

Danita Knight

Danita V. Knight
Vice President for Communications and Marketing

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

Lea Ann Hudson

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 has 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.

Kijua Sanders-McMurtry

Kijua Sanders-McMurtry
Associate Vice President and Dean for Community Diversity

Kijua Sanders-McMurtry is associate vice president and dean for community diversity. During her ten-year tenure at Agnes Scott, she has held a variety of positions in the Division of Student Life. Dean Sanders-McMurtry completed her A.A. in social sciences at Pasadena City College; a B.A. and M.A. in sociology, a graduate certificate in women's studies and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies at Georgia State University.