Announcement of Professor Nathalie Rachlin as Interim Vice President of Student Affairs

Posted: October 17, 2013

As we continue the good work of Bekki Lee, I want to thank our campus community for the tremendous support and care you have shown our students and our student affairs department. To assist us in moving forward, Professor of French Nathalie Rachlin has graciously agreed to leave her sabbatical and to accept an appointment as Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, effective October 21, 2013.

Professor Rachlin is a senior member of our faculty with a long history of serving the Scripps community. In addition to being a highly regarded teacher and scholar, she brings the necessary skills and administrative experience to her role as interim vice president. Her service to the College includes membership on the Faculty Executive Committee, the Committee on Academic Review, the President’s Advisory Committee on the Budget, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, and numerous committees of the Board of Trustees. She also has served as Director of the Core Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Director of the Humanities Institute, and Chair of the French Studies Department. Professor Rachlin’s work in and outside of the classroom has touched all major areas of the College, and as interim vice president, she will be a key bridge between students, student affairs staff, faculty, the Student Deans Council of the CUC, and the administration.

At a time when continuity is especially important, the College is fortunate to have someone like Professor Rachlin to provide interim leadership to student affairs. She understands the College and its students, and will be able to provide strategic oversight and vision. In addition, we are very fortunate to have an accomplished student affairs staff, and during this time, Sam Haynes will remain as acting dean of students.  We will provide interim support in the offices of residential life and student activities so that Acting Dean Haynes can accomplish the breadth of his new responsibilities effectively while continuing his close work with students.

Please join me in thanking Professor Rachlin for taking on this tremendous responsibility during our time of need. I am confident our community is in highly capable hands with her at the helm of student affairs, and I look forward to her joining our senior administrative team.

I will keep the community updated as longer-term plans are developed.

Lori Bettison-Varga

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