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Dr Elizabeth Kiss

Dr Elizabeth Kiss is an American philosopher whose research focus is on moral and political philosophy. She is also an academic administrator and has been the first female Warden of Rhodes House at the University of Oxford and CEO of the Rhodes Trust since 2018. Dr Kiss was the first female student at Davidson College to become a Rhodes Scholar. She used to serve as President of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia until 2018. During her time there, she devised the SUMMIT curriculum at the college, which emphasises leadership development and global learning as its core curriculum. For her accomplishments, she was awarded the American Council on Education Award for Institutional Transformation in 2017. Also, she was named one of the Eight Most Influential People in US Higher Education by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2017 and was honoured the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III Chief Executive Leadership Award in 2018.

About Rhodes Trust

The Rhodes Trust is an international postgraduate award established in 1902 to support students to study at the University of Oxford. It was the first large-scale programme of international scholarships and was founded by English businessman and politician Cecil Rhodes. The scholarship’s goal is to promote understandings between different nations and encourage civic-minded leadership and moral fortitude in future leaders irrespective of their chosen career paths. Today the scholarship is open to applicants from all backgrounds and all countries in the world. Prominent recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship include former US president Bill Clinton, former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke as well as Nobel laureates.