Presidential Post-Board Community Update
Posted: February 3, 2017
Dear Members of the Scripps College Community,
As we celebrate the close of this academic year, I am glad to share with you campus news and updates, as well as key actions from the Board of Trustees’ meeting held on May 14.
The College’s 86th annual Commencement ceremonies brought our community together to celebrate the 206 graduates who made up the Class of 2016. I would like to thank this year’s commencement speaker, Dr. Madeleine Albright, and the senior class speaker, Catherine Chiang, who delivered inspiring and thought-provoking remarks that reflected Scripps’ commitment to critical thinking, community, and change.
I am pleased to report that the College received a record-breaking 3,013 applications for admission this year. To date, 265 students have paid the commitment deposit. The quality of the first-year class remains strong. Underrepresented students comprise approximately 18 percent of the class. I applaud the admission team for its excellent work, and I look forward to welcoming the Class of 2020 in the fall!
Faculty Course Teaching Load
In response to a recommendation from the faculty, the Board of Trustees approved a course teaching workload of four courses per year plus supervision of the senior theses for all tenured and tenure-track faculty. The new course teaching load, which will be phased in over a five-year period, is consistent with the College’s strategic goal to attract and retain the highest caliber faculty while providing the best educational experience for students.
Based on the recommendation of the Interim Presidents of Scripps and Pitzer Colleges and the President of Claremont McKenna College, the Board of Trustees approved the promotion of Associate Professor of Biology Jennifer Armstrong to the rank of professor. The trustees also approved the promotions of Assistant Professor of Biology Patrick Ferree and Assistant Professor of Biology Sarah Gilman to associate professor with tenure. Please join me in congratulating these accomplished faculty members on this well-deserved recognition of their teaching, scholarship, and service!
The More Scripps Campaign total stands at $122 million as of March 31, 2016, more than two-thirds of the way toward the $175 million goal. Cash gifts this year total $11.5 million to date, including more than $8 million designated for endowment.
I urge you to support The Scripps Fund during the Weekend of Giving Challenge June 10-13. Every gift will trigger at least $200 to the campaign as a result of generous matching gifts provided by trustees Mark Herron, Laura Hockett ’85, Chalan Colby ’61, and Nancy Katayama ’77.
The Board approved the appointment of Angelica Clark ’84 as a regular trustee. Angelica has been a longtime non-trustee member of the Investment Committee and is the former chief investment officer of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. The Board also ratified the election of Pamela Ng ’16 as Recent Graduate Trustee. Pamela was elected to the position by the Scripps student body. Please join me in welcoming our new Board of Trustee members, effective July 1, 2016.
I especially want to thank each member of this community for the ways in which you have supported me during my tenure as Interim President. I have learned even more about the College this year, and I have developed a deeper appreciation for the intellectual rigor, activism, and commitment to excellence this community embodies. I am proud of what we’ve accomplished together this year, and I wish you a relaxing and productive summer!
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