Elizabeth Gaughf Kozak

Doctoral Student




Elizabeth Gaughf Kozak is director of development and alumni relations in the UGA College of Education. In this leadership role, she oversees development and alumni relations for the College’s nine departments and 60,000 alumni with a special emphasis on major gift strategy and fundraising. She began her career in higher education at Vanderbilt University in student affairs and transitioned to admissions and financial aid.

In January 2014, she joined the College of Education as the director of alumni relations. In this role, she worked with the dean to create both the College’s Board of Visitors and the inaugural Student Ambassadors group as other innovative alumni and giving programs. In addition to managing a major gifts pipeline, she redesigned the college’s annual giving campaign strategy and has excelled in her efforts to reinvigorate the College’s Dean’s Club. She holds a BS in psychology from UGA and was a Leadership Fellow at the Terry College of Business. She earned an MEd from Vanderbilt University in higher education policy with an emphasis in institutional advancement. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the Institute of Higher Education. Her areas of interest include higher education policy and law, institutional advancement, political dynamics and organizational governance, strategic communications and partnerships, and the implications of corporate and foundation funding on higher education.