Thank You, Patricia Goldsmith!

After 16 years heading an Admissions team that has shaped Scripps College through the students it has admitted, Former Vice President of Enrollment, Marketing and Communication (most recently Vice President for Institutional Advancement) Patricia Goldsmith is returning to her passions for the admissions side of education as vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Though she does not commence her responsibilities at St. Mary’s College until 2012, Patricia Goldsmith’s final day at Scripps was Monday, Oct. 31.

Goldsmith arrived at Scripps in 1995, serving as dean of admission and financial aid. She then served as acting dean of students from 1997 to 1998. It was not until 2009 that the title Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communication was added to her official capacity as vice president and dean of admission and financial aid. In 2010, she took on the challenge of heading up advancement and working with the annual fund.

Goldsmith has been a catalyst for change since she arrived all those years ago. Scripps can attribute its increasing visibility and selectivity to her and the admissions team she headed. Each incoming class, under her leadership, has left a significant mark on Scripps.

She will be missed by all, and we asked students to share their memories and best wishes for her future endeavors.

Ariel Bloomer: At the end of JES weekend, as a senior in high school, I remember filling out my program evaluation at the same table where Pat worked sorting through the Polaroids they had taken to remember our faces. She asked me what I thought about Scripps, and how it was different from the other colleges I’d visited, and she sat patiently while I sifted through my head for just the perfect adjectives. This is how I remember her: as someone who asked probing questions, and whose presence inspired thoughtful answers.

Felicia Palmer: Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication throughout your time at Scripps, Ms. Goldsmith! I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with you as an alternate student representative to the board of trustee’s institutional advancement committee and to observe your efficiency and dedication to your integral role in keeping Scripps running smoothly. We will miss your humorous convocation speeches introducing the first year class each year.

Kate Pluth: I knew when I received my letter of acceptance to Scripps College that I was chosen to go to a wonderful place. Why? Because at the bottom of the page, you had handwritten a message directly to me. The fact that you took the time to acknowledge each hopeful, young woman individually spoke volumes of your commitment to represent Scripps in the best possible way.

Your warm, inviting demeanor helped me feel at home in an entirely new environment. I know that these qualities will help bring both joy and integrity to all your efforts, and I wish you the best with those efforts as you move forward. Thank you for everything!

Lauren Prince: I was reluctant to apply to Scripps College, but after attending an information session in Seattle, and listening to you talk, the charm and community that you spoke of as well as the types of students that would be surrounding me piqued my interest. Once I had been accepted, I went again to another information session with more concrete examples, photos, and alumnae.

Your enthusiasm, smile and endless positive adjectives to describe Scripps sent shivers down my spine. It was then that I knew I would call Scripps my home for the next four years. Thank you so much for loving Scripps and making us love it just as much. You worked in a position that changes young women’s lives and places them on a path for growth, empowerment, and kindness. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to walk that path.

Briana Smith: As I wandered through the multicolored tables that advertised about a dozen different universities, my eye was caught by a kind-eyed woman who graced me with a smile and opened our conversation with a simple, “I’m going to show you why Scripps College is the place for you...” With my dismissive smile in place, I attempted to scoot away from the table and make an excuse about why I was not looking to spend my next four years at a women’s college. But Mrs. Kindeyes, whose name I had forgotten immediately after hearing it, was obviously unconcerned with my excuses. After taking me through a verbal tour of Scripps campus, she insisted that she would give me a travel grant so that I may decide for myself after I had visited. I walked away from the table feeling noticed for the first time in the 24 hours that I had been at the Yale Conference. As the only student who arrived alone, I was ashamed to be wandering around the conference without the support of my family and I was ashamed that my mother couldn’t afford the extra ticket to join me. But as I looked down at the business card in my hand, I left the conference feeling proud to know that if no one else remembered me, Pat Goldsmith knew my name.

In hindsight, I can honestly say that if Pat had not plucked me out of the crowd and made me listen to her spiel about why Scripps was a great place, I would not be here today. I stepped onto Scripps campus and fell in love with the people and the community that welcomed me as if I were a lost child that had just found her way back into the fold. You see, home is a concept that means more to me than it does to most young people. I moved so much as a child that I never felt like I belonged anywhere and I never felt like I had a home.

As Pat goes on to capture hearts and change lives in another location she will become a hero to so many more people who will be fortunate beyond belief to have Pat as a member of their community. But no matter where her journey takes her, Pat will always be the reason I became a part of such an amazing community of women.

So thank you, Pat. Thank you for being such a selfless, loving, and sincere person. Thank you for noticing me, and thank you for being the only person at that conference to approach me. In my mind and my heart, you will forever be the kind-eyed woman, standing on the other side of the table, and reaching out your hand to offer a lonely young woman a home.

Tori Mirsadjadi: I’m really grateful to Ms. Goldsmith for helping get me to where I am today. Being a Scripps student has become a huge part of my identity. I love it here, and I don’t think I would’ve grown into the person I am now, or been close to ready to face a future after graduation, if I’d chosen any other college. I’m so grateful to have become a part of the Scripps community, and I know it’s thanks to Ms. Goldsmith that this community is such an amazing thing, made up of such a dynamic group of students. I’m not particularly eloquent with gratitude, but I just want to thank you for shaping the community that is so fundamental to our experience at Scripps, and which has in turn shaped us.

A Scripps Junior: Thank you for creating a memorable, personal and enjoyable admissions experience. From the moment I set foot on Scripps’ campus, to my acceptance, and then my arrival at Scripps, you helped create a wonderful start to my Scripps journey.