Elizabeth Kiss

Elizabeth KissElizabeth Kiss is the eighth president of Agnes Scott College. Before coming to Agnes Scott in 2006, 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. She has served as interim director of the Center for Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy, co-director of the Humanitarian Challenges at Home and Abroad FOCUS program, a member of the Council on Civic Engagement, and an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council at Duke.

Dr. Kiss specializes in moral and political philosophy and has published on moral judgment and education, human rights, the application of rights theories to issues of ethnic conflict and nationalism, feminist debates about rights and justice, and justice in the aftermath of human rights violations.

She has taught at Randolph-Macon College, Princeton University, and Deep Springs College, and also was a fellow at Harvard University's Safra Center for Ethics, at the National Humanities Center, and at Melbourne University's Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

She received her undergraduate degree from Davidson College and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where she received her D.Phil.

She has been a member and vice chair of the board of trustees of Davidson College and is currently on the boards of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, and the Women's College Coalition.  She and her husband, Jeff Holzgrefe, live in Decatur, Georgia.

Dr. Kiss was elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2007 and currently serves on the Facilities and Environment Committee and the Committee on Honorary Degrees. Previously, she served as vice chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and was a member of the Medical Center Academic Affairs Committee and the Institutional Advancement Committee.