This past spring, Scripps honored nine trustees for their service, commitment, and dedication to the College as they stepped down from their positions on the Board.
A trustee since 2011, Barbara Bruner ’76 has brought passionate and inspirational leadership to the Board, adding wise and perceptive insights to many important discussions. Bruner served on the Board Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity as well as the Buildings and Grounds, Presidential Search, and Student Affairs Committees. As co-chair of the Board Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity (2014–2017), her thoughtful concern about current and future generations of Scripps students set the tone for many conversations. Bruner’s mentorship and sponsorship of students for the Jimmy Carter Center Internship and the Samella Lewis Scholarship, along with her many years as an active member of the Lois Langland Alumna in Residence Committee, has facilitated many meaningful connections between students and alumnae.
For 14 years, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler ’72 has served as a wise counsel to Scripps, influencing administrative policy as a member of the Buildings and Grounds, Campaign Steering, Educational Policy, Finance, Institutional Advancement, Nominations and Governance, and Student Affairs Committees. She has also been a thoughtful, strategic, and generous philanthropist who has made transformative investments focused on preserving and enhancing Scripps’ distinctive residential campus and academic excellence. Through carefully targeted gifts, Jungels-Winkler has enhanced the quality of the Scripps experience by graciously supporting merit scholarships, an endowed chair, an endowment for faculty salaries, the Courtauld Scholarship, and the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Residence Hall. She has also been a dedicated alumna and most gracious and energetic ambassador, seizing every opportunity to promote the College in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and Asia, hosting numerous gatherings for Scripps alumnae, parents, students, and friends to strengthen ties and raise the College’s visibility abroad.
Joanne Glass Keith ’63 joined the Board in 1989 and has served faithfully as a member of the Buildings and Grounds, Educational Policy, Executive, Finance, Institutional Advancement, Nominations and Governance, and Student Affairs Committees. As chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee (1996–1999), Keith was an exceptional advocate for preserving the architectural and historical heritage of campus. As chair of the Student Affairs Committee (1991–1996; 1998–2001), she ensured that students’ voices and visions for the College were captured and communicated to the Board. A well-prepared and thoughtful contributor to Board discussions, Keith has mentored countless trustees with her warm, welcoming, and approachable demeanor.
Since becoming a trustee in 2003, Liza Malott Pohle has consistently made Scripps a priority in her philanthropic and volunteer work, and her congenial, earnest, and convivial approach to interactions with fellow trustees has been highly valued. Her service extends the legacy of her mother, Elizabeth Hubert Malott ’53, in providing exceptional support to the College. Pohle served on the Buildings and Grounds, Educational Policy, Executive, and Student Affairs Committees, providing leadership, insight, and important perspectives. In establishing the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program, she honored her mother’s vision and belief that a range of opinions about the world—especially opinions with which we may not agree, or think we do not agree— leads to a better educational experience.
Maddy Ruvolo ’14 has strengthened connections between students and young alumnae and the Board since joining in 2014. As a member of the Committees on Diversity and Inclusivity and Student Affairs, she forged relationships with current students, bringing their perspectives to discussions on building capacity for inclusive excellence. Her thoughtful and conscientious approach to conversations regarding accessibility encouraged the Board to renew and revitalize its relationship to students. And, as a member of the Finance Committee, she spoke passionately and persuasively about student needs and priorities.
As co-chairs of the Scripps Association of Families (SAF) and the Parent Leadership Council (2015–2017), Cheryl and David Scheidemantle, parents of Sara Elaine Scheidemantle ’17, cultivated connections between Scripps families and encouraged their participation in the life of the College. The Scheidemantles established Family Leadership Saturdays, Family Leadership on the Road, and SAF regional chapters. They participated in a variety of programs and initiatives, including New Student Orientation, Parent Leadership Council conference calls, Family Weekend, and the Honor Your Student Campaign. They also hosted an In Person with President Lara Tiedens event at their home in Pasadena, with more than 100 members of the Scripps community in attendance to greet the new president.
With a connection to Scripps that spans over three decades, Linda Davis Taylor, parent of Della Taylor ’11, has demonstrated a deep and abiding love for the College. Before joining the Board in 2001, Taylor served as vice president for development and college relations (1992–1999). She has given countless hours to Scripps, having served on every Board committee, including the recent Presidential Search Committee. In her role as Board chair (2009–2014), Taylor provided dynamic and innovative leadership and was the primary architect of The Campaign for the Scripps Woman, the most successful capital campaign in Scripps’ history at the time. She also played a critical role in guiding the current More Scripps Campaign to fruition and was an active member of the Board of Overseers of Claremont University Consortium. Taylor has been a valued advisor and friend to her colleagues on the Board as well as a consummate builder of relationships among faculty, staff, administration, and students.
Since 1978, Jean Bixby Smith ’59 has been a committed member of the Board, following in the family tradition of her mother, Betty Lewis Bixby ’33, who was a trustee from 1968 to 1995. Smith served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Life Trustees as well as the Audit, Buildings and Grounds, Campaign Steering, Educational Policy, Executive, Finance, Institutional Advancement, Investigations, Investment, Nominations and Governance, and Student Affairs Committees. She has generously supported the College, co-chairing The Campaign for Scripps College (1986–1990), which more than doubled Scripps’ endowment. Smith has been an exceptional friend, mentor, and advisor to the Board chairs who have followed her, and she has received multiple awards in recognition of her dedication to the College, including the Ellen Browning Scripps Associates Award, the Distinguished Alumna Award, and the CASE Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement.
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