Elizabeth Kiss, President

Dear Alumnae and Friends,

Like you, I count myself blessed to be part of this great institution. Greatness of purpose has defined Agnes Scott College since its founding in 1889, when Reverend Gaines envisioned a school for young women with "a liberal Curriculum fully abreast of the best institutions of this country." 

Today, this commitment to greatness finds expression in many places, most powerfully in our mission to educate women to "think deeply, live honorably, and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times." It is also reflected in the achievements and experiences of our current students.

  • Agnes Scott consistently produces contenders for—and recipients of—such distinguished scholarships and awards as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman and Goldwater. Our graduates go on to earn masters’ and Ph.D.'s at the world’s leading universities.
  • The college prepares students to engage a wider world by combining a rigorous liberal arts education with opportunities to study abroad, complete internships, conduct research and expand their horizons through partnerships with Atlanta area universities, corporations and organizations. Nearly half study abroad and two-thirds complete an internship.
  • We are ranked as a top school to watch by U.S. News & World Report, top 10 in student quality of life by The Princeton Review and one of the “New Seven Sisters” by About.com, and we are the only women’s college included in Colleges That Change Lives.

Great women have brought us to this moment.
Agnes Scott’s reputation as a premier women’s liberal arts institution has been built over the generations by dedicated faculty and staff. Ultimately, though, it rests on the shoulders of our alumnae, who are our finest ambassadors and most generous benefactors.

Our alumnae are lifelong learners and confident leaders who have made their mark as writers, artists, scholars, scientists, activists and community volunteers and in courtrooms, legislatures, and the worlds of business and finance. They include pioneering women of achievement, such as Patricia Collins Butler ’28, one of the first women to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court; the Rev. Rachel Henderlite ’28, the first woman ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.); human rights advocate Gay Johnson McDougall ’69x and educator Edna Lowe Swift ’71, the college’s first African-American matriculate and graduate; Ila Burdette ’81, Georgia’s first female Rhodes Scholar; and Jennifer Nettles ’97, Sugarland’s Grammy Award-winning songwriter, to name a few.

Across the years, the generosity of our alumnae and friends has enabled the college to thrive. Most recently, the Bold Aspirations campaign, led by President Mary Brown Bullock ’66, helped put Agnes Scott at the forefront of women’s colleges for a new generation.

Now, it’s our turn.

Great women will lead us forward.
Today, we are called to write the next chapter in this great institution’s history. Promoting women’s leadership in all areas of human endeavor is the defining challenge of the 21st century. Agnes Scott, with its ability to educate strong and thoughtful women who tackle the intellectual and social challenges of their time, is poised to help meet that challenge. The Greatness Before Us will ensure that tomorrow’s Agnes Scott continues to provide bright women from around the world a chance to find their voices and discover the greatness within.

This is our moment to aim high. Please consider making a gift to help us realize the greatness before us.

Elizabeth Kiss | President