Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

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Scripps College
Claremont, CA

"Incipit vita nova"'
Here beginneth the new life

Scripps College, an internationally recognized leader in women's liberal arts education, seeks a highly collaborative and experienced leader to be their next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty (VPAA/Dean). The VPAA/Dean will be joining Scripps as the institution approaches its centennial anniversary in 2026, led by a new President, Dr. Suzanne Keen, who took the helm in 2022. It is an opportune time for a new VPAA/Dean to work closely with the Scripps community to help define academic excellence and their strategic objectives while also reinforcing the commitment to their legacy, values, and academic mission as Scripps embarks on its next one hundred years.

Founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a visionary philanthropist and figure in education, publishing, and women's rights, Scripps College currently enrolls 1,073 undergraduate students. Scripps College is a member of the prestigious Claremont Colleges , a consortium comprising four other undergraduate institutions (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Pomona Colleges) and two graduate institutions (Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute). They are located in the beautiful, walkable town of Claremont, which boasts tree-lined streets and historic buildings, nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Claremont is nationally recognized for its pleasant quality of life.

The next VPAA/Dean will lead the College's faculty and division of academic affairs in supporting academic excellence and inclusive student success, a key element of the College's strategic plan, which will be developed in collaboration with both faculty and the division of Student Affairs and their leader, Dr. Sha Bradley. The VPAA/Dean will be well supported by a team of highly capable staff and will lead a team of academic affairs professionals, including the Registrar, the Librarian of Denison Library, and directors of academic resource centers, the post-bac premedical program, assessment and institutional research, study abroad and global education, and the Williamson Gallery. The VPAA/Dean works with all faculty, especially those who have been elected or appointed to leadership roles, in faculty governance or in special assignments (such as the Clark Humanities Museum and the Humanities Institute). The VPAA/Dean will work with passionate and dedicated faculty, staff, their leadership team, and students to set the future direction of a liberal arts education at Scripps. The VPAA/Dean will work to address the following key opportunities and challenges:

  • Strengthen and champion a shared vision for academic excellence
  • Enhance the recruitment, co-curricular experience, and success of a diverse student body, in collaboration with the VP for Enrollment and the VP for Student Affairs
  • Recruit and retain a talented and diverse faculty and staff
  • Serve as an effective advocate and representative of Scripps externally and across the Consortium

    The salary for this role will be highly competitive in the range of $250,000 to $300,000 and will include a recently renovated house, within walking distance from campus in a settled neighborhood.

    Scripps College has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: https://www.imsearch.com/search-detail/8821 . Electronic submission of materials is required.

    Lindsay Gold, Evan Layne, and Cara Meyers
    Isaacson, Miller
    1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    Scripps College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local law.

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