Scripps College Names VP for Business Affairs

Scripps College will welcome Donna Ng to the position of Vice President for Business Affairs Jan. 27, 2014. Ng, currently a Senior Associate Provost for budget and planning at Wellesley College, will take over for Joanne M.
Coville, who held the position for two years.

Scripps President Lori Bettison-Varga wrote in an e-mail to TSL that Ng’s responsibilities at Scripps will be similar to her current ones at Wellesley, where she is in charge of annual and long-term strategic budgets and works with financial committees and trustee groups.

“Donna adds tremendous depth and breadth of experience to Scripps College from her work both in business affairs and in the provost offices at Wellesley,” Bettison-Varga wrote. “She understands the mission of liberal arts colleges in general, and women’s colleges more specifically, which will help her hit the ground running when she arrives.”

Bettison-Varga wrote that Ng will be involved with Scripps’s on-campus budget committee, and she will also play an integral role in Scripps’s “We Want More”
campaign. Launched earlier this year, the campaign aims to
raise $175 million for the college, with 78 percent of the money directed toward investments for faculty, students, staff, and alumnae. Ng will work with both short- and long-range financial planning for the campaign, and she will be
responsible for helping the Scripps community understand the difference
between gifts and pledges when donating.

“Scripps has high aspirations with the launch of its fundraising campaign, and I look forward to being a part of it,” Ng said. “My role will be to ensure that the financial resources from this campaign are directed to the goals that have been set forth, to look at the college’s current budget to make sure that it is aligned with its priorities and can adapt to changes … and to ensure that the college has … efficient and effective administrative operations.”

“I also hope to engage the entire community in understanding the finances of the college,” she added.

She said that understanding the consequences of determining the budget is “critical to decision-making and prioritization, especially during these times of limited resources.”

“There is so much more behind the numbers,” she said. “Financial aid helps bring in
the best and brightest students and a diverse student body. Excellent
compensation and benefits bring in the best faculty and staff, who provide the
best education for our students.”

A
graduate of Boston College, Ng received her master’s in business
administration from Babson College, where she later served as budget director. She has also worked in health care and at the international public accounting firm KPMG.

“I knew I wanted to come to Scripps the second that I walked on campus and after I met with so many people from the college,” Ng said. “It was clear to me that everyone loves working at the college and truly believes in its mission … President Bettison-Varga has put together a strong and cohesive management team, and I want to be a part of it.”

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