President's Cabinet

Rachel A. Bowser

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Phone: 404.471.6221

Email: rbowser@bona300.com

Rachel A. Bowser assumed the position of vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college and professor of English on July 1, 2022. As vice president, she oversees the academic program, the faculty and academic support services. Most recently, she was associate provost for strategic initiatives and professor of English at Georgia Gwinnett College. She received her BA from Grove City College, MA from West Virginia University and PhD from Emory University, all in English.

Marti Fessenden

Special Counsel to the President and Title IX Coordinator / Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Phone: 404.471.6547

Email: mfessenden@bona300.com

Marti Fessenden joined the President’s Cabinet in fall 2021 as interim vice president for student affairs and dean of students. She has a unique 30-year career in law, higher education administration and non-profit leadership. Prior to joining Agnes Scott as special counsel to the president in 2016, she practiced law for more than 26 years in the private sector, most recently with her own law firm – The Fessenden Firm / Higher Ed Advise.  She holds a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law and a Masters in Education with a focus on higher education from the University of Florida.

Alexa Gaeta

Alexa W. Gaeta '98

Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Phone: 404.471.6423

Email: agaeta@bona300.com

Alexa Wood Gaeta assumed the role of vice president for enrollment and dean of admission and financial aid in April 2017. In this role, she oversees the recruitment and admission of prospective students and student financial aid. She joined the Office of Admission in 2001 and has since assumed roles of greater responsibility, including nine years as the director of admission and four as associate vice president for enrollment. Prior to her work in admission, she was a client representative for the IBM Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Agnes Scott.

Lea Ann Hudson

Lea Ann Hudson '76

Associate Vice President and Secretary of the Board

Phone: 404.471.6402

Email: lhudson@bona300.com

Lea Ann Hudson is associate vice president and secretary of the board. She has been secretary of the Board of Trustees since 1995. In addition to providing support for the Board of Trustees and the President's Cabinet, she oversees the Office of the President, is responsible for institutional research and institutional effectiveness, and serves as an accreditation liaison. Previously she held various positions at the college, including director of the Office of the President, director of institutional research and planning, assistant comptroller and registrar. She earned her BA in chemistry from Agnes Scott and completed requirements for her CPA certificate at Georgia State University.

Danita Knight

Danita V. Knight

Vice President for Communications and Marketing

Phone: 404.471.6484

Email: dknight@bona300.com

Danita V. Knight was named vice president for communications and marketing in September 2017. In this role, she oversees all aspects of the college's media, image and promotion efforts. She is also responsible for the college's external relations, which include developing strategies, partnerships and collaborations to enhance Agnes Scott's visibility. A former chairperson of the Atlanta Women's Foundation, she has held senior positions in communications and public, government and community relations at the NCAA, Anthem, Inc., the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Council of State Governments and United Way of Central Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, where she majored in broadcast (television) journalism.

Yves-Rose Porcena

Yves-Rose Porcena

Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Phone: 404.471.6540

Email: yporcena@bona300.com

Yves-Rose Porcena joined Agnes Scott in July 2019 as the college's inaugural vice president for equity and inclusion bringing a wealth of leadership experience in higher education, human resources and global diversity. She is responsible for leading the college's workforce management and development, and diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, overseeing the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of People and Culture. Previously, she was the chief diversity officer at the University of West Georgia. Dr. Porcena holds a DBA from the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, a Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Emmanuel College-Boston.

Scott Randazza

Scott Randazza

Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration

Phone: 404.471.6278

Email: srandazza@bona300.com

Scott A Randazza joined Agnes Scott in August 2021 as interim vice president for finance and administration. In this role, he oversees the finance, accounting, facilities, dining operations and public safety functions. He spent 28 years at The Coca-Cola Company including roles as CFO in England and in Russia. He is a CPA and received his BS and MA in accounting from Florida State University.

Jake Schrum

Interim Vice President for College Advancement

Phone: 404.471.6326

Email: jschrum@bona300.com

Jake B. Schrum was named interim vice president for college advancement in November 2021. In this role, he oversees fundraising and alumnae relations. A widely respected higher education administrator, he has served as president of Texas Wesleyan University, Southwestern University and Emory & Henry College, as well as an advancement professional at both Yale and Emory universities. He holds a BA from Southwestern University, an MDiv from Yale University, and an honorary doctorate from Southwestern.
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