In February, the Presidential Search Committee reported that it was actively assessing the credentials of several strong candidates for the next president of Scripps. However, as a result of the extensive outreach and vetting process, the committee determined it would not be able to conclude the search in time for the Board of Trustees’ March 2016 meeting, as hoped. For more information about the search for Scripps’ ninth president, visit


Scripps is yet again featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education as a U.S. college credited with producing the highest number of student Fulbright recipients in the country, with nine awarded in 2015–16, ranking among the top 15 in its category. The annual list is announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is highlighted in the Chronicle; Scripps appears under baccalaureate institutions, or “bachelor’s colleges.”


Aaron Leconte, assistant professor of chemistry at the W.M. Keck Science Department, has been awarded a three-year early career grant from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement. The $100,000 Cottrell Award will support Leconte’s research on the protein luciferase, a luminescent material produced by the North American firefly that can be used to track and record biological events and processes to better understand cancer, bacterial infections, and more. This is the first year the Cottrell Award has been given to faculty from primarily undergraduate institutions. Among the 24 scholars who received the award in 2016, Leconte is one of only eight faculty winners from such institutions.


Kohsheen Sharma ’18 is this year’s Bekki Lee Memorial Endowed Scholarship recipient. Sharma, a political science major, spent summer 2015 interning with Aarti for Girls, a nonprofit in Andhra Pradesh, India, working to end female abandonment, mistreatment, and infanticide. Suzette Guzman ’18 is this year’s Ellen Clark Revelle Scholarship recipient. Interested in issues related to the quality of and access to healthcare services for minorities and women, Guzman is a peer health educator at The Claremont Colleges’ Health Education Services, a Chicano Latino Student Affairs sponsor for new students, and a mentor to first-year students through Hillel, a 7C Jewish community organization.


Ceramicist, philanthropist, former mayor, and city councilwoman Joan Rechtin Lincoln ’49 passed away on March 7. A persuasive arts advocate, Joan was named Scripps College Distinguished Alumna in 2005. In 2010, Joan and her husband, David, provided resources to create the Joan and David Lincoln Ceramic Art Building and the Joan and David Lincoln Endowment for Ceramic Art. Scripps is indebted to Joan, grateful for her many contributions to the life of the campus, and proud to be part of her legacy.