(pronounced “quiche”) is the eighth president of Agnes Scott College, a
national liberal arts college for women in metropolitan Atlanta. Since becoming
president of Agnes Scott in 2006, Kiss has led the college in developing Engaging a Wider World, a strategic plan
guiding the college through the year 2014, and The Roadmap to 2020, a plan for financial sustainability.
Achievements include the launch of Agnes Advantage, supporting study abroad,
internships and mentored research; new undergraduate programs in neuroscience, public
health, and environmental and sustainability studies; the fielding of the first
women’s collegiate varsity lacrosse team in Georgia; and the largest first-year
class in college history. Under her leadership,
Agnes Scott students have garnered Marshall, Truman and Goldwater scholarships,
and the college has been named a “Top Fulbright Producer” with four students awarded
Fulbrights in 2012.
A 1983 graduate of Davidson College, Dr. Kiss
received a B.Phil. and D.Phil. in philosophy from Oxford University in England.
A Rhodes Scholar, she has held fellowships at the Harvard Program in Ethics and
the Professions, the National Humanities Center, and Melbourne University’s
Centre on Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Dr. Kiss specializes in moral
and political philosophy and has published on moral judgment and education,
human rights, ethnic conflict and nationalism, feminist debates about rights
and justice, and justice in the aftermath of human rights violations. She co-edited
and contributed to Debating Moral
Education: Rethinking the Role of the Modern University (Duke University
Before coming to Agnes Scott, she was 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. As the founding director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Dr.
Kiss helped to build a university-wide initiative to support the study and
teaching of ethics and to promote moral reflection and commitment in personal,
professional, community and civic life. Previously she taught at Princeton
University, Randolph-Macon College and Deep Springs College.
Dr. Kiss is a director and treasurer of the
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), chair of
the Board of Directors of the Women's College Coalition, and chair of the
Presidents’ Council of the Great South Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III).
She is a trustee of Duke University, the Woodruff Arts Center, and the Atlanta
Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE). She serves on the boards of
directors of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Student Aid Foundation, and
SunTrust Bank, Atlanta. She also serves on the American College &
University Presidents’ Climate Commitment Steering Committee, the Westminster
Schools President's Advisory Committee and the Global Village School Advisory
Dr. Kiss was inducted into the 2011 YWCA of
Greater Atlanta Academy of Women Achievers and was named one of the 2009 Women
of Excellence by Business to Business
magazine. She received the Davidson College
Distinguished Alumni Award for 2008 and was named as one of the Women
of Distinction for 2006-2007 by the Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia. She
has served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Davidson College as well
as on the board of the Center for Academic Integrity.
Her husband, Jeff
Holzgrefe, is an academic whose focus is international
relations and ethics. Mr. Holzgrefe has taught at Agnes Scott College, Emory, Duke,
Princeton, and St. Andrew's universities and served as visiting scholar at
Harvard and Melbourne universities. He co-edited Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical, Legal and Political Dilemmas (Cambridge
University Press 2003). A native of Australia, Mr. Holzgrefe was educated at
Monash University in Melbourne and Balliol College, Oxford.