DeMethra LaSha “Sha” Bradley has been appointed vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Scripps College, beginning August 10. Bradley possesses nearly 20 years of higher education experience in student and academic affairs across public and private institutions. She is the recipient of various student affairs awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs (SAPAA) Knowledge Community.
“Sha’s evident commitment to centering the student experience, championing equity and inclusive practices, and promoting health and wellness is impressive,” says Scripps College President Suzanne Keen. “A mentor of women and womxn-identifying students, a collegial collaborator, and a student affairs expert, Sha is well prepared to lead student affairs, to support Scripps students, and to contribute at a strategic level as a member of Scripps’ senior team.”
Bradley’s most recent higher education experience was at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she served as the acting vice president for student affairs and dean of students, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and chair of the case management and campus response teams. During that time, she established the college’s first disability services office and created and implemented several comprehensive college-wide systems to support the needs of residential and non-residential students. Prior to her work at Macalester, Bradley was the assistant dean for academic and student affairs at the University of Vermont, where she focused on first-year retention and undergraduate recruitment initiatives.
Bradley earned her EdD in education in educational leadership and policy studies and her MEd in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont. She completed her undergraduate degree in Black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“The mission of Scripps—educating women to go out into the world and make a difference through lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity, alongside the College’s commitment to advancing an inclusive community for all—are part and parcel of how I serve higher education,” Bradley said. “I can’t imagine a better place to continue serving students than at Scripps College.”