Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Agnes Scott College
Karen C. Goff assumed the position of vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Agnes Scott College in 2016. Previously, she served for eight years as the chief student affairs officer at Georgian Court University in New Jersey. A dynamic and inspirational leader, she is passionate about student success and excels in organizational strategy and talent development. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, she represents the broad needs of students, organizational, personnel, and risk management issues related to Student Affairs to the President, Executive Leadership, and the Board of Trustees. In her role, she provides strategic direction and vision for the programs and services within Student Affairs, and the co-curricular aspects of SUMMIT, Agnes Scott’s signature core curriculum focused on global learning and leadership development. As the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Agnes Scott, she leads the Division of Student Affairs, which includes the Gué Pardue Hudson Center for Leadership and Service, the Center for Student Involvement, Religious and Spiritual Life, Residence Life, the Wellness Center, and Athletics. VP Goff also serves as the institution’s liaison for the POSSE Foundation, one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and leadership development program for young people in the United States.
Vice President Goff is a transformational leader, with a combination of twenty (20) years of higher education, and non-profit management experience. In her first eighteen months at Agnes Scott, she successfully completed a much-needed restructuring of the division, fostered excellent relationships with key campus constituents, the Board of Trustees, and energized and professionalized the ASC athletics department. Known for her uncanny ability to develop high performing teams, she readily identifies talent around her, intentionally mentors and positions others for professional growth and success. A learner-centered and student-focused practitioner, since arriving at Agnes Scott, she has worked hand-in-hand with the Student Government Association, to create a much stronger and more effective leadership and governance organization to represent the needs of the student population.
In 2003, Karen founded InsideOut International, a nonprofit organization that offers leadership training and mentoring to emerging women leaders. She has conducted leadership development workshops in Croatia, Canada, and Russia, and participated in many short-term immersion trips to her native Jamaica, West Indies, Guatemala, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. As part of her commitment to civic engagement, she has also served on the boards of the Girls Scouts of the Jersey Shore, United Way, and the Morris & Sussex County Youth Advocate Program. In 2007, she received the Soroptomist International Women of Distinction Award.
Vice President Goff holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and history from Georgian Court, a Master of Divinity with a concentration in counseling from Nyack College, and is completing her doctoral degree in higher education administration from Northeastern University. She also received a certificate in leadership development from the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina