Acting President Amy Marcus-Newhall
Amy Marcus-Newhall began her career as a professor of psychology at Scripps in 1992 and is known for her dynamism and resourcefulness as a leader, and as an advocate for liberal learning and scholarship. Marcus-Newhall took on the role of interim president for the 2015-16 academic year, where she led the College with great enthusiasm and energy until Dr. Lara Tiedens was named Scripps College’s ninth president, taking office on August 1, 2016. She has held leadership roles in the accreditation and diversity and inclusivity planning processes at Scripps; contributed to the College’s visibility and positioning initiatives for advancement and alumnae relations; and has received several honors, including the prestigious Mary Wig Johnson Faculty Excellence Award for her research, teaching, and service to the College. She was honored in 2013 by the YWCA San Gabriel Valley as a Woman of Achievement in education.
Marcus-Newhall is a founding faculty member of Scripps College Academy, an innovative program of academic enrichment for underserved middle and high school students in the greater Los Angeles area. The yearlong program helps prepare young women for the rigors of college academics and college life and has been so successful that it received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2010, which was presented in a White House ceremony by First Lady Michelle Obama. Her research explores stereotypes held about and by employed and stay-at-home mothers, intergroup relations and reduction of prejudice, aggressive and hostile behavior, and hate crimes. Her work has been published in numerous scholarly journals and publications including Journal of Applied Social Psychology, American Behavioral Scientist, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Social Issues.
Marcus-Newhall earned a BA in Psychology and American Studies graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Occidental College. She earned her MA and PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Southern California.