CLAREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--President Lori Bettison-Varga today announced a $5.3 million pledge to Scripps College from current Scripps College Board of Trustee Nancy Katayama ’77. The pledge came in anticipation of a significant fundraising initiative and will produce immediate and long-term benefits for the College.
“Scripps College’s intellectually stimulating community is enriched by the valuable support of our trustees,” Bettison-Varga said. “Nancy embodies the best of Scripps graduates’ leadership, integrity, creativity, and community engagement. She believes in making a difference and with this forward-looking pledge, Scripps students will benefit now and in the future.”
Katayama has served as a Scripps trustee since 2000. She also serves as the president of the Nancy Katayama Foundation and holds a variety of business leadership positions, including Partner, Tifkat, L.P. She is a resident of Pacific Palisades, Calif.
College officials are discussing plans for the pledge with Katayama including her commitment of $1 million to the expansion of the College’s Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building for faculty offices. The pledge includes immediate and estate commitments.
Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the worlds of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in Southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.