President Bettison-Varga Announces Her Resignation

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In June, Scripps College President Lori Bettison-Varga announced that she would be leaving her post in October to become president and director of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She has served as president of the College since 2009.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve Scripps College for the past six years and to support its legacy of foundational coursework in interdisciplinary humanities, distinctive Capstone Day senior research experience, and its commitment to the liberal arts in its mission to develop future generations of women leaders,” said President Bettison-Varga in her announcement.

During her six-year tenure, President Bettison-Varga advanced Scripps’ reputation as a superior liberal arts college and a leader in women’s education. In a letter to the Scripps community, Board of Trustees Chair Mark R. Herron praised President Bettison-Varga’s performance, saying, “She has led the College with distinction for six years, building on a legacy of academic excellence, launching ambitious new strategic initiatives, advancing a comprehensive fundraising campaign, and enhancing our national and international profile.”

The Scripps College Board of Trustees has appointed Amy Marcus-Newhall, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, as interim president, effective October 5. A search committee for the next Scripps president, chaired by Trustees Bob Sacks P’14 and Betsy Weinberg Smith ’74, includes faculty and student representation. A presidential search website has been established to keep the community informed about progress, key dates, and opportunities to participate in the process. It also features a survey that is open to all Scripps alumnae, faculty, students, and staff designed to collect the community’s input, feedback, and concerns.


Increased admission applications by approximately 20 percent

Protected the fiscal stability of the College during the economic recession and launched the $175 million Campaign for Scripps College, with $116 million raised to date

Established the LASPA Center for Leadership

Raised $20 million toward scholarships

Initiated three building projects to enhance the academic program and campus life: The Joan and David Lincoln Ceramic Art Building, the Katharine Howard Miller ’55 Wing of the Bette Cree Edwards ’49 Humanities Building, and the NEW Hall student residence

Developed a comprehensive sustainability initiative resulting in the reduction of water usage by more than 30 percent

Established I.D.E.A., a campus-wide inclusion and diversity initiative

Increased national and international visibility of the College

Strengthened engagement with all Scripps constituencies through accessible, responsive, and results-oriented leadership

For more information on the presidential search, visit


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