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Agnes Scott Elects Three New Board

Agnes Scott Elects Three New Board Members

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Agnes Scott Elects Three New Board Members
June 30, 2014

Agnes Scott College elected three new members to its Board of Trustees at its spring meeting—Deborah H. Butler ’75 of Norfolk, Va., Elizabeth H. Noe ’86 of Atlanta, and Sarah Walker Guthrie ’69 of Clearwater, Fla.



The new board members join 25 other members of the Agnes Scott board, chaired by Clyde C. Tuggle, senior vice president, global public affairs and communications of The Coca-Cola Company, and vice chaired by Portia O. Morrison ’66, a real estate attorney with DLA Piper, Chicago.

ButlerButler, chief information officer and executive vice president planning for Norfolk Southern Corporation, has spent her thirty-six year career with Norfolk Southern and its predecessor companies, including 29 years in the company’s operating department in Atlanta.

Having studied English literature at Agnes Scott where she was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, Butler went on to advanced studies in management at Northwestern University, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Harvard Business School. She serves on several boards, including those for the Chrysler Museum of Art, United Way of Hampton Roads Women’s Leadership Council and Virginia Wesleyan College. She chairs the Executive Advisory Council of Old Dominion University College of Business and Public Administration.


NoeNoe is currently a partner and chair of the Corporate Department of Paul Hastings with an active transactional practice concentrated in securities and corporate finance matters, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

A 1986 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Agnes Scott, she earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989. She serves on the board of the Atlanta Women's Foundation and is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta.


GuthrieGuthrie is chairman of the board of J.T. Walker Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of products for the building industry with over thirty facilities in the United States as well as a presence in Mexico and China. She also runs a sustainable cattle ranch in Brooksville, Fla.

She holds a B.A. from Agnes Scott College and an M.A.  from Emory University in history. She has also participated in executive education programs at both Harvard Business School and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford and studied under the late James Beard in New York. Guthrie is a member of the Committee of 200, the Society of International Business Fellows and Women Corporate Directors and a founding member of Access Circles. She serves on the board of the UPARC Foundation and is a past member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

HitchcockAlso joining the board for a term of four years is the incoming president of the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association, Susan Stevens Hitchcock ’67.  Hitchcock is executive director of women’s initiatives for The Turknett Group, where she earlier served as vice president for client services.




Three trustees will leave Agnes Scott’s Board of Trustees as their terms on the board expire June 30, 2014—Gay O. Abbott, Sandra Thome Johnson ’82 and Bolling P. Spalding.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.