Presidential Search Update

This past fall, the Presidential Search Committee engaged the Scripps community in discussions about the direction of future leadership for the College. More than 200 trustees, students, faculty, staff, and alumnae spoke with the appointed search firm in person or via conference call, and more than 500 completed an online survey on the attributes and experience they would most like to see in the next president. Those results contributed to the Presidential Prospectus, available online. The committee is currently identifying and meeting with candidates and is aiming to make a final recommendation to the Board of Trustees at their March 2016 meeting. For more information about the presidential search, and to view the Presidential Prospectus, visit

Hannah-Beth Jackson ’71 Drafts Equal Pay BillHannah-Beth-Jackson

Hannah-Beth Jackson ’71, a member of the California State Senate representing the 19th District, was responsible for creating the equal pay bill that California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law in mid-October. SB 358, which has come to be known as the Fair Pay Act, is being described as “the nation’s strongest equal pay law.” Senator Jackson is also chair of the 31-member California Legislative Women’s Caucus.

Work by Alison Saar ’78 Commissioned for the L.A. Hall of Justice

In October, a sculpture by Alison Saar ’78 was installed at the Los Angeles Hall of Justice. Commissioned by the city and cast in bronze, “Embodied” stands 12 feet tall and depicts a woman balancing a book of law in one hand with a dove, taking flight from her upturned palm, in the other. Imprinted on her dress, rendered in more than a dozen languages and collected from staff members at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department as well as from students and the general public, are more than 200 words that reflect the “spirit of justice.”

Scripps Recognized for Financial Aid

Scripps College was recently mentioned in a Huffington Post article that lists the few dozen colleges and universities in the U.S. that help families afford the rising costs of a four-year undergraduate education by meeting loo percent of demonstrated financial need. That means these schools use a combination of loans, scholarships, grants, and work-study to fill the gap between the cost of attendance—room and board, tuition, fees, and other expenses—and what a family can contribute.

Special Remembrance

College Emerita Trustee Stephanie Probst Rasines ’71 passed away on January 9, 2016, from pancreatic cancer complications. She was an exceptionally devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend who will be remembered for her work as a superb attorney in California and New York winning political asylum for victims of injustice and torture, and as a volunteer in Pasadena advocating on behalf of immigrant families. Stephanie was also a generous, loyal, and active alumna and donor to the College. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2006 and served on the Buildings and Grounds; Educational Policy; Executive; Finance; Institutional Advancement; and Nominations and Governance Committees. In her leadership roles on the Buildings and Grounds and Finance Committees, Stephanie was a key advocate in supporting and planning for NEW Hall. In recognition of her contributions to the College, the Board bestowed upon her emerita trustee status in July 2015. Stephanie is survived by her husband, Richard D. Norton; son, Jacob A. Norton; siblings, Catherine and Anthony Probst; and many, many loving friends.


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