Words and Pictures: The Inauguration of President Lori Bettison-Varga

“Among the gifts that we have given to Lori as she officially begins her presidency is a College community that is united and enthusiastic about her leadership of our beloved Scripps, and that is a very great gift, indeed.”

— Carolyn Ditte Wagner ’72, Chair, Presidential Inauguration Committee

“A college, Ellen Browning Scripps wrote, ‘is a house not made with hands wherein shall dwell the spirit of truth, justice, and comradeship.’ President Bettison-Varga, we welcome you to this, our house not made with hands. We welcome your comradeship, and extend to you our own; and we welcome the new life that today we begin together, knowing that together our best days lie ahead.”

Professor David Andrews, on behalf of the Scripps College faculty

“We look forward to your leadership of our beloved Scripps, where we all continue together in our mission to develop in our students the ability to think clearly and independently and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully”

— Lynne Oshita Brickner ’74, on behalf of the Board of Trustees

“President Bettison-Varga’s dedication to diversity, respect for student voices, and her commitment to keeping the Scripps gates open to as many students as possible guarantee that Scripps will continue to produce dynamic, brave, and critically engaged individuals.”

— Anna Salem ’10, on behalf of Scripps Associated Students

“‘Without leaders of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of
planning.’ Gloria Steinem’s words capture Lori Bettison-Varga’s spirit and her leadership that we have witnessed since her arrival here at Scripps.”

— Roswitha Burwick, professor of German


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