Surprise: You’re an Alumna!

Linda Davis Taylor

Typically, executive leaders do not like on-the-job surprises. Outgoing Board of Trustees Chair Linda Davis Taylor is no exception, but the College administration took a calculated risk in deciding to surprise her at Commencement following her welcoming remarks.

President Lori Bettison-Varga had the privilege of announcing that the Alumnae Leadership Council, the governing body of the Scripps College Alumnae Association, elected Taylor as an honorary alumna — only the fourth individual in Scripps history to be so named.

“The mark Linda has made as board chair is indelible on the success of the institution, and the impressions she has made on the many students she has mentored will serve them as a career and life accelerator,” Bettison-Varga said in announcing the honor.

Taylor’s relationship with Scripps is long, deep, and varied — from her service as the former vice president for development and college relations, and later board chair, to her efforts to enhance students’ financial literacy and being the proud parent of Scripps alumna Della Taylor ’11.

“Linda has always had high aspirations for the College and its students, and she asks more of herself than of others. She brought to the College her passion for excellence, financial savvy, strategic planning skills, personal energy, and timely brilliance,” Bettison-Varga said.

“I am enormously pleased and proud to be recognized as an honorary alumna as I complete my term as chair of the board, and I thank the Alumnae Association for this meaningful tribute,” Taylor added.


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