Tribute to President Lara Tiedens

In November 2020, President Tiedens, Scripps’ ninth president, announced her resignation from the College, which became effective on April 15, 2021. She will be moving to New York to become the executive director of Schwarzman Scholars, an international graduate fellowship program designed to prepare future global leaders to meet the geopolitical challenges of the twenty-first century.


“My five years at Scripps have been the most rewarding of my professional career, and I will always cherish the lessons learned, relationships formed with so many Scripps students, staff, faculty, alumnae, families, trustees, donors, and friends, and the progress attained during my tenure at this special institution,” Tiedens says.


Scripps College has flourished under President Tiedens’s leadership and benefited from her aptitude for building and strengthening institutions. She leaves Scripps in the enviable position of having an inspiring vision for the future, exponential growth and investment in fast-growing STEM educational programs and infrastructure, a highly selective enrollment profile, and a prestigious reputation.

Lara Tiedens meeting with students and families at senior Capstone Day.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Amy Marcus-Newhall will continue to serve as interim president for the duration of the search for the new president.


Dean Marcus-Newhall served as interim president for the 2015–2016 academic year, and she brings more than 30 years of academic experience, institutional knowledge, and cross-consortium relationships to this role.

Lara Tiedens hands out diplomas at Scripps College Commencement.

“Scripps will always hold a special place in my heart. I will remain a proud cheerleader, ambassador, and advocate, and I know that I will be celebrating and trumpeting your future successes,” says Tiedens.


Key Accomplishments:

  • Successfully closed the largest campaign in the College’s history.
  • Developed the Centennial Plan, a blueprint for the College’s strategic future and aspirations for institutional progress in advance of the upcoming 100th anniversary.
  • Established a $10 million endowed scholarship initiative, which has met and surpassed its goal with $10.5 million raised to date. The initiative tripled the number of loan-free financial aid packages to more than 100 during President Tiedens’ tenure; the College now provides no-loan financial aid to approximately 10 percent of the Scripps student body, up from one percent just three years ago;
  • Established and/or completed seven endowed faculty chair funds.
  • Envisioned and initiated a comprehensive initiative to expand science education, including construction of a 65,000-square-foot cutting-edge teaching and research facility.
  • Launched an innovative computer and data science education program, infusing the principles of liberal arts and groundbreaking pedagogy into the delivery of a women-centric and interdisciplinary curriculum of the highest caliber.
  • Increased the College’s efforts to eradicate structural inequality and build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable community by launching a multifaceted anti-racism initiative.
  • Elevated the College’s reputational strength with exponential increases in national media coverage and a secure position among the top-ranked women’s and liberal arts colleges nationally.
  • Oversaw record increases in applications and enrollment.
  • Demonstrated strong stewardship and leadership of the institution’s pandemic response.
  • Helped the College navigate challenges posed by the pandemic with minimal disruption to operations or workforce, due to the institution’s financial and academic strength.
Lara Tiedens with members of the Scripps community at an alumnae event.

Lara Tiedens Endowed Scholarship Fund

To honor President Tiedens’s leadership and her many contributions to Scripps, the Board of Trustees has established the Lara Tiedens Endowed Scholarship Fund with a goal of raising at least $100,000 to help remove financial barriers and expand student access to the College. You can give to the Lara Tiedens Endowed Scholarship Fund here.