Following an impressive first four years at Agnes Scott College, President Elizabeth Kiss has agreed to stay at the helm of the Decatur women’s school for another six, at the request of the board of trustees.
From the college’s announcement:
“These last four years have been transformative for Agnes Scott,” said Clyde Tuggle, chair of the board. “Since President Kiss took the helm in 2006, the college’s reputation has grown, attracting more diverse, high-caliber students and faculty and drawing more donor support. Additionally, President Kiss has placed a high priority on environmental and workplace sustainability, fulfilling the college’s mission to ‘live honorably.’ She has our full support as she continues to build on the college’s extraordinary legacy.”
During President Kiss’s tenure:
• Agnes Scott enrolled the largest first-year class in the college’s 122-year history this fall and its fifth largest (at that time) first-year class in 2009. Applications increased steadily each year, climbing from 1,541 in 2006 to more than 2,100 in 2010.
• Diversity has risen also, with record numbers of African-American, Latina and international students enrolled.
• Students have won Goldwater, Marshall, Truman and Fulbright scholarships. Agnes Scott was named a Top Fulbright Producer by the U.S. Institute for International Education and ranked No. 2 among all colleges and universities in per capita production of economics Ph.D.s by the Journal of Undergraduate Economic Education.
• Agnes Scott has been named a Top 10 “Up and Coming” national liberal arts college by U.S.News & World Report for each of the past two years and has risen from No. 28 to No. 15 among the college guide’s “Great Schools, Great Prices.”