Nancy Y. Bekavac Resigns as Scripps’ President
After 17 years of service in which the College reached new levels of academic excellence and experienced critical growth, Nancy Y. Bekavac announced that she will step down as president of Scripps College, effective June 30, 2007.
Los Angeles attorney Roxanne Wilson, chair of the Scripps College Board of Trustees, said: “President Bekavac accomplished tremendous things during her tenure as the college’s first woman president. Through her fierce determination and extraordinary leadership, Scripps has achieved enormous success, bringing the College to an entirely new level of excellence.”
Nancy Bekavac was also the first woman to be president of one of The Claremont Colleges; now, of the five colleges, four have women presidents.
Bekavac helped revitalize Scripps’ interdisciplinary core curriculum in the humanities, increased campus diversity, added faculty positions to meet a growing student body, and presided over the Campaign for the Scripps Woman, the most successful capital campaign in the College’s 81-year history, which was supported by 85 percent of alumnae.
During her tenure, Bekavac oversaw the design and construction of the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Commons, the construction of the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Residence Hall, the renovation of Garrison Theater, the creation of the Scripps Performing Arts Center, and the start of construction of the Sally Tiernan Field House.
“Most important, during her presidency, the student body grew from 600 to 850. Nancy hired remarkable teachers and scholars, while increasing the academic qualifications of entering students,” Wilson said. “Today, Scripps is positioned at the forefront of women’s and liberal arts education in America.”
In President Bekavac’s letter to the Scripps community, she said: “With all good things there are times to move ahead and open new chapters. Most presidents know when they have accomplished enough, and when it is time for new challenges, both for them and for their colleges. I have always felt it is important to leave when things are going well, and for Scripps, things are going very well.
“I am and will always be profoundly grateful to have had the opportunity to see this small college grow into the remarkable, dynamic institution it is today and play a part in its development. I leave with full confidence in the direction of the College and, above all, in the Scripps women of today and of the future. I will miss our daily contacts greatly, and I will always cheer you on.”
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