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January 22, 2020

Spring 2020 Community Update From the President

January 22, 2020 Dear Scripps College Community Members, Happy New Year, and welcome back to campus! As we begin our spring semester, I’m eager to share the following recent College news, updates, and announcements. Academic News Mary Routt Chair of Writing Best-selling novelist R.O. Kwon is this year’s Mary Routt Chair of Writing. Kwon will […]

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January 8, 2020

Announcing the Passing of Life Trustee Gloria Holden

Life Trustee Gloria Holden passed away on December 24, 2019, at the age of 91. Gloria joined Scripps College’s Board of Trustees in 1980 and became an Emerita Trustee in 2004. As a Trustee, she was a generous supporter of the College, providing valuable leadership on many essential enterprises, including the much-needed restoration of Scripps’ […]

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August 26, 2019

Fall 2019 Welcome Letter

August 26, 2019 Dear Scripps College Community Members, As the new academic year begins, Scripps is preparing to welcome new and returning students, faculty, and staff to our College community. I’m looking forward to this year’s many opportunities to learn, grow, and support each other as a community of scholars and leaders who approach education […]

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June 3, 2019

Community Update from the President

Commencement I enjoyed participating in the College’s 89th annual commencement ceremonies this year, joining Scripps families and friends, students, faculty, trustees, and staff in celebrating the accomplishments of our 244 graduates. The program included inspiring remarks from our commencement speaker, president of USAFacts Poppy MacDonald ’97. I wish all of our graduates a rich and […]

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May 29, 2019

Scripps College Announces Three Endowed Chairs for 2019

The Scripps College Board of Trustees has announced the appointments of Ken Gonzales-Day, professor of art, to the Fletcher Jones Chair in Art, Julia Liss, professor of history, to the Mary W. Johnson and J. Stanley Johnson Professorship in the Humanities, and Sheila Walker, professor of psychology, to the inaugural appointment of the Laura Vausbinder […]

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January 25, 2019

Community Update from the President

Scripps College Centennial Plan As most of you know, members of the Scripps community have been engaged in developing a new strategic plan for the College. In October 2018, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the plan’s four themes and first 10 initiatives. I am pleased to share the results of our collective efforts with […]

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November 6, 2018

Announcement of the Passing of Alumna and Life Trustee Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler ’72

It is with sadness that I announce alumna and Life Trustee Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler ’72 passed away on October 31. Born in Hong Kong, Gabrielle arrived at Scripps in 1968 with a strong interest in art and chose to major in art history, spending her junior year abroad at the L’École du Louvre in Paris. Of […]

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August 24, 2018

2018 Fall Welcome from the President

The new academic year has arrived, and the campus is coming alive, with preparations for new student orientation programs and events in full swing and students, faculty, and staff returning from summer activities or scholarship. At this time of year, I’m reminded of the considerable opportunity we have at Scripps to continue to build a […]

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March 8, 2018

Professor Mary MacNaughton appointed to Endowed Directorship

Dear Scripps College Faculty and Staff, It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Professor of Art History Mary MacNaughton as the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Director of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, endowed by alumna Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler ’72 through a generous gift. Professor MacNaughton is the first appointee to this endowed directorship, effective immediately.   Professor MacNaughton is […]

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February 16, 2018

Announcing the Passing of Former Trustee Sharon Walther Blasgen ’64

Dear Members of the Scripps College Community, It is with sadness that I announce former trustee Sharon Walther Blasgen ’64 passed away last weekend. Sharon was a beloved trustee from 2004-2010. She was respected for the thoughtful diligence she brought to the Board as a member of the Finance and Investment Committees, as Vice Chair […]

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February 12, 2018

Spring 2018 Community Update

Dear Members of the Scripps Community, Happy New Year! Welcome back to campus, and for those of you who are new to the Scripps community, welcome. I hope you had a peaceful and restorative winter break and were able to spend some quality time with family, friends, and loved ones. As we begin a new […]

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December 8, 2017

Announcing the Passing of Life Trustee Phil Swan

On December 7, Scripps College Life Trustee Phil Swan passed away at the age of 88. Phil’s tenure as a trustee began in 1970, and included membership on all standing committees of the Board. A successful investment counselor, Phil made valuable contributions to Scripps’ financial health and stability and the growth of its endowment. He was […]

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September 7, 2017

Interim Leadership for Institutional Advancement

With the upcoming departure of vice president for institutional advancement Michael Archibald, I have asked Binti Harvey to fill the role of interim vice president for Institutional Advancement, effective October 12, 2017. I am pleased that Binti has accepted this interim role, and I have every confidence in her ability to provide continuity and attentive […]

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September 5, 2017

Support for Scripps Community in Response to DACA Repeal

Dear Scripps Students, Faculty, and Staff, As many of you know, today the President of the United States repealed the Presidential directive that established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision has dire implications for thousands of students at colleges and universities throughout this nation who have sacrificed, persevered, and excelled to enhance […]

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September 1, 2017

Introducing the Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

As we continue to monitor and document our progress toward creating the equity and access we envision for the Scripps community, we have recognized the need for more robust channels of communication and input from Scripps community members. To this end, I have established the Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (CIDE) to replace the President’s […]

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August 18, 2017

Fall Welcome from Scripps College

Dear Scripps College Community Members, At the beginning of each academic year, we have an opportunity to recommit to building a thriving community of scholars who contribute to society through lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity. On campus, we do this through our orientation programming, our opening events, and in our greetings to one […]

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June 8, 2017

Prof. Bruce Coats appointed to Endowed Professorship

Dear Scripps College Faculty and Staff, It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Bruce Coats, professor of art history, to the Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62 and Paul D. Muchnic Endowed Professorship, effective July 1, 2017. Professor Coats is the first appointee to this endowed professorship. In accordance with the terms of the endowment for […]

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May 17, 2017

Spring 2017 Community Update

Dear Members of the Scripps College Community, As we close this academic year, I would like to share key actions from the Board of Trustees’ meeting on May 13 and inform you of some campus news and updates. Commencement It was a joy to participate in the 87th annual commencement ceremonies with graduates and their […]

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April 3, 2017

Presidential Post-Board Community Update April 2017

Dear Members of the Scripps College Community, The Board of Trustees concluded its March retreat and meeting on Sunday, March 5, and I would like to inform you about the following key actions and discussions. Budget The trustees approved an operating budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Key elements include: Enrollment of 1,000 students, in line […]

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March 24, 2017

Update on Diversity and Inclusion at Scripps

Dear Scripps College Students, Faculty, and Staff: As we enter the final phase of the spring semester, I would like to update you on the progress we’ve made on policies, programs, and practices to make Scripps more diverse and inclusive. We have posted a new update on the IDEA website that reports progress on commitments made last […]

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