President Scott announces retirement

After more than a decade of strong leadership and unprecedented growth, Dr. Jean A. Scott, Marietta College’s first woman president, announced today (Feb. 18) she is retiring.

Dr. Scott, who joined Marietta College in 2000 as its 17th president, will remain as the College’s president until June 30, 2012. Marietta’s Board of Trustees expects to conduct a national search for her replacement in the fall.

Grant Callery ’68, Chair of the Board of Trustees, praised Scott’s accomplishments as visionary and enduring.

“During her time as Marietta College’s chief executive, President Scott has provided outstanding leadership and has presided over one of the most positive and transformative decades in the history of this institution,” Callery says. “Under her direction, Marietta has emerged as one of the region’s premier small, liberal arts colleges, and her dedication and accomplishments are applauded by the Trustees.”

In a letter sent to the Marietta College community Dr. Scott noted, “My time at Marietta College has been the most rewarding of my professional career, and I am grateful to the trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni for their support during that time. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with each of you, and to know that the work we do together transforms lives.”

In conjunction with her retirement announcement, Dr. Scott has also decided to accept the recommendation of the Provost search committee and pursue hiring an interim Provost/Dean of Faculty. This person will serve up to a two-year term so Dr. Scott’s replacement can help choose a Provost.

Under her leadership, the student academic profile has elevated significantly, enrollment has grown steadily and she has helped nurture an expanding international program.

President Scott played a key role in two comprehensive campaigns that combined raised more than $100 million for Marietta. Programmatically, Marietta added, among others, graduate programs in Physician Assistant Studies, Psychology and International Corporate Media, as well as a number of undergraduate degrees during her tenure.

Callery says that, in her final year, Dr. Scott will continue to be actively involved in completing the College’s strategic objectives.

Before arriving at Marietta Dr. Scott was the President of Bradford College in Haverhill, Mass. She is a historian by training. A graduate of the University of Richmond, she earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History at Harvard University.

She began her career as Assistant Professor of History at Duke, then became the Director of Undergraduate Admission there. She continued her work in admission and enrollment management, serving as Dean of Admission at Case Western Reserve University and the College of William and Mary. She gained experience in planning, affirmative action, academic administration and student affairs as Associate Provost at William and Mary, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at SUNY Potsdam, and President of Bradford College.

To view a photo gallery of Dr. Scott throughout the years, click here.