Presidential Position Description Now Available

Posted: October 22, 2015

Dear Scripps College community members,

The presidential search has advanced significantly since our last report on September 2, and we would like to provide an update to ensure the community is aware of key developments in the search for the ninth president of Scripps College.

In September and early October, the search committee and our search consultant focused on engaging the Scripps community by way of numerous meetings, telephonic outreach, and an online survey. We are extremely grateful to the trustees, students, faculty, staff, alumnae and parents who provided important feedback to us during either those meetings or in response to the online survey.  We want to thank the more than 500 people who have completed the survey and the more than 200 members of the Scripps community who spoke with us in person or via conference call. The community’s input reflected candor, passion, and a shared belief that Scripps deserves a president who appreciates and values this institution as much as its students, faculty, staff, and alumnae do.

The search is gaining visibility due to advertisements placed in several national education, business and leadership, and consumer publications, and the committee has received several nominations and expressions of interest.

The search committee is pleased to announce achievement of the next milestone in the search process: the completion and dissemination of the Presidential Prospectus. This Prospectus is an attempt to synthesize in written form the most significant attributes and experiences we would like to see in our next president. The final document is the product of input received during our outreach efforts and reflects a thoughtful effort to capture competing priorities and convey the goals, values, and leadership qualities that are shared and respected throughout the Scripps community.

The focus of the search effort now turns to identifying potential candidates. As we embark upon this next phase of the search, our focus, and the focus of our search consultant, will be to identify and attract the strongest candidate pool possible.  Based upon our careful evaluation of those candidates, our charge remains to recommend a single candidate to the Board of Trustees to appoint as the College’s next President.  We are pleased to report that the search committee remains on track to do so in time for the Board’s March 2016 meeting.

We appreciate everyone’s continuing interest in the search process and encourage you to visit the presidential search website to obtain additional information about the search, review the prospectus, or contact the committee.


Bob Sacks P’14                       Betsy Weinberg Smith ‘74
Co-Chair                                  Co-Chair

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