Search For The College’s Ninth President Is Underway

Posted: September 4, 2015

Dear Scripps College Community,

As co-chairs of the Scripps Presidential Search Committee, we are pleased to announce that the search for the College’s ninth president is underway. This is a most important responsibility, and we can assure the community that the committee is dedicated to a process that will attract a highly qualified and compelling successor to President Bettison-Varga.

In its 89-year history as a premier liberal arts institution for women, Scripps has never been in a better position than it is today. Our academic ranking is at an all-time high, we are well positioned financially, the strengths and accomplishments of our faculty have never been greater, and the quality and diversity of our students and our campus experience are widely praised. We are, in short, well positioned to attract a dynamic new leader who will be able to build on and continue to shape Scripps’ bright future.

As Board Chair Mark Herron announced in July, trustee members of the committee began work this summer to lay the foundation for the search process, and we are pleased to share our recent progress.

The eight trustee members and Interim President-Elect Amy Marcus-Newhall have recently been joined on the committee by Scripps Associated Students President Minjoo Kim ’16 and three faculty members: Nancy Neiman Auerbach, Mary W. Johnson Professorship in Teaching and professor of politics; Lara Deeb, professor of anthropology; and Dion Scott-Kakures, professor of philosophy. The three faculty members of the committee were selected by their peers. We welcome our four new members, who will provide important perspectives and input as the search process proceeds.

The committee has also retained Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to assist with and guide the search process. Storbeck/Pimentel has recruited senior leaders for America’s most prestigious colleges and universities, conducting presidential searches for Carnegie Mellon, the University of Wisconsin, Bates, Denison, Haverford, Swarthmore, Pomona, and Harvey Mudd, among others. Over the course of her career, co-founder Shelly Storbeck has conducted more than 500 searches for public and private universities, colleges, and schools, and nonprofit associations and organizations.

Prior to selecting Storbeck/Pimentel, the committee vetted numerous highly regarded search firms. We interviewed four finalists and ultimately selected Storbeck/Pimentel based on their extensive experience in higher education; track record of hiring presidents and academic and administrative officers at private liberal arts colleges; and familiarity with—and appreciation for—Scripps’ unique position and strengths. We are confident that Ms. Storbeck will be a valuable partner in our search.

The committee hopes to be in a position to recommend a candidate to the Board of Trustees by late winter/early spring of next year, and we will periodically keep you apprised of our progress. Updates will be posted at

We invite you to share any questions, feedback, or suggestions with us If you would like to nominate a candidate, please email


Bob Sacks P’14                               Betsy Weinberg Smith ’74
Co-chair                                           Co-chair

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