Dr. Elizabeth Kiss (pronounced ‘quiche’) is CEO of the Rhodes Trust and Warden of Rhodes House in Oxford, England, leading an organization dedicated to identifying and developing exceptional people from all over the World. Prior to joining the Rhodes Trust in August 2018, she served for twelve years as president of Agnes Scott College, Georgia. During her tenure, Agnes Scott completed the largest fundraising campaign in the college’s history and launched a signature program, SUMMIT, focussed on global learning and leadership development for all students. The college broke records for enrollment and retention and was named the second ‘Most Diversified College in America’ by Time magazine and the country’s most successful liberal arts college for graduating low-income students by the U.S. Department of Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education named Elizabeth on its 2017 list of the most influential people in U.S. higher education.
From 1997 to 2006 Elizabeth served as the founding director of Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, building a university wide interdisciplinary center focused on promoting moral reflection and commitment in personal, professional, organizational and civic life. She has taught at Randolph-Macon College (Virginia), Deep Springs College (California) and at Princeton University for eight years. Her academic focus has been on moral and political philosophy and she has published on moral education, human rights, ethnic conflict and nationalism, feminist theory, and transitional justice. She co-edited Debating Moral Education: Rethinking the Role of the Modern University (Duke University Press, 2010)
Elizabeth received her BA in philosophy, magna cum laude, from Davidson College in North Carolina, where she became Davidson’s first female Rhodes Scholar, going on to receive a BPhil and DPhil in philosophy from the University of Oxford. She has held many leadership roles in local and national organizations, including the Climate Leadership Network, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Women’s College Coalition.
Dr. Kiss was elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2007 and currently serves as chair of the Undergraduate Education Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee and the Next Generation Living and Learning Experience Task Force.