From Interim President Amy Marcus-Newhall
Looking back over my nine-month tenure as interim president, I’m amazed at how much the Scripps community has accomplished. The care that staff, faculty, students, alumnae, and parents have for the College is evident in their unrelenting work ethic and hours spent in activities that strengthen our community. It is also evident in their willingness to challenge one another to intensify our investment in the core mission of this institution.
I also have been struck by the dedication of our Board, whose generosity in terms of time, talent, and treasure will significantly impact future generations of students. Some trustees are alumnae, others have seen one or more of their daughters graduate, and still others are connected to Scripps via the memories of their grandmothers, mothers, or aunts. Regardless of the origins of their relationships with Scripps, all of our trustees are dedicated ambassadors and stewards.
The Scripps community has made important progress over the past nine months on a host of critical issues. Conversations about diversity and institutional racism have benefited the College, and the senior staff team—whose professionalism, expertise, thoughtfulness, and collaboration have been invaluable—is leading multiple initiatives in response to students’ concerns and, more broadly, our community’s concerns. We have more work to do, but we are committed to positive change.
Our More Opportunity events continue to cultivate good spirit among alumnae, parents, and friends of the College, offering me a chance to reunite with some of the students I’ve taught over the past 20 years! NEW Hall construction continues apace, with the opening scheduled for fall 2016. Seven new fabulous tenure-track faculty members joined the College this year, and next year we will welcome nine additional members. New initiatives such as the Laspa Center, a new Core 1 seminar theme, and the intercollegiate Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity are having a positive impact on Scripps.
The past nine months have given me a more nuanced understanding of the complexities of running a college as well as a deeper appreciation for the need to attract an excellent next president for Scripps. I am also more aware than ever that our new president will have the wonderful experience of falling in love with Scripps, just as I have.
Amy Marcus-Newhall, Interim President
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