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Former President Jane McAuliffe Named Director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress

Posted July 10, 2015
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Former Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe was recently named the Director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress, where she has served as the director of the John W. Kluge Center since October 2014. The new service unit will include the Kluge Center and the Office of Scholarly Programs as well as […]

Bryn Mawr President Among Speakers at STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference

Posted June 22, 2015
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Though jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are on the rise nationwide, women, Latinos, and African-Americans remain underrepresented in the STEM labor pool. To help examine this issue, U.S. News & World Report will bring together leaders in education, industry and policy for the fourth annual STEM Solutions conference, taking place Monday, […]

Video Excerpts from the 2015 Commencement Ceremony

Posted May 22, 2015

You’ve seen the photos. Read about post-graduation plans. Now, relive a few minutes of Bryn Mawr’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony with the below video excerpts of poet Billy Collins and Bryn Mawr President Kimberly Cassidy. Students and family members interested in a video of the entire ceremony can order a DVD of the event. Congratulations once […]

President Cassidy Represents Bryn Mawr at Online Learning Conference

Posted April 23, 2015

President Kim Cassidy recently joined a number of other education leaders for “Online Learning: Shaping the Future of Higher Education On and Off Campus.” Held on the MIT campus and cohosted by MIT and Harvard University, the summit focused on the opportunities and challenges arising during this exciting time of change to the established models […]

President’s Office to Hold Community Day of Learning on March 18

Posted February 27, 2015

The President’s Office has enlisted the help of faculty, staff, students, and outside facilitators to organize, plan, and promote the inaugural Community Day of Learning. The day will feature performances, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and lectures designed to elevate and promote the benefits and challenges of living and learning in a diverse community. Schedule and […]

President Cassidy Writes to The New York Times About the Underrepresentation of Women and Minorities in STEM Fields

Posted February 19, 2015

Following up on her recent blog post on the topic, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy sent a letter to The New York Times in response to a recent Charles Blow column on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and math. The letter is reprinted below. To the Editor: Charles M. Blow […]

A Letter from President Kim Cassidy

Posted February 9, 2015

February 9, 2015 Dear Faculty, Students and Staff, Earlier today Chair Arlene Gibson sent a message about the Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees’ decision on mission that will shape our undergraduate admissions policy as we move forward. At the heart of the Board’s decision is an affirmation of Bryn Mawr’s mission as a women’s college. […]

President Cassidy Attends Second White House College Opportunity Day of Action

Posted December 5, 2014
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On Thursday, Dec. 4, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy joined President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and a number of college presidents and other education leaders from around the nation at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action. These events have centered around strategies for helping more students, especially those from lower-income […]

Bryn Mawr Included in Philadelphia Inquirer Article on Colleges’ Ebola Preparedness

Posted October 30, 2014

Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy is quoted  in the Oct. 23 Philadelphia Inquirer article “Cautious colleges prepare for the possibility of Ebola.” From the article: Area campuses began to look at the issue as early as last summer. Bryn Mawr College brought home one week early students who were studying in Ghana even though the […]

Our Collective Endeavor: San Francisco

Posted October 8, 2014
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On October 2, 2014, President Kim Cassidy joined alumnae/i, family, and friends in San Francisco, CA to discuss how Bryn Mawr is meeting challenges, making choices, and managing change. It was a wonderful opportunity to see old friends, make new ones, and learn more about how we can all help the College in “Our Collective […]

Bryn Mawr College Receives $1.65 Million “First in the World” Grant to Improve Student Math Skills and Increase Number of Students Earning STEM Degrees

Posted September 30, 2014

To drive innovations in higher education that increase college completion, value and affordability, the Education Department today awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities under the new “First in the World” (FITW) grant program. Bryn Mawr has received a $1.65 million grant as part of the program that will fund research on improving student […]

Kim Cassidy Inaugurated As Bryn Mawr’s Ninth President

Posted September 25, 2014
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Echoing her comments at Convocation earlier this month, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy closed her inauguration speech by calling on the Bryn Mawr community to “take every opportunity to inject creativity and joy into what we do.” However, there was no need for prodding last weekend as Bryn Mawr students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumnae/i, friends, […]

Bryn Mawr College to Award 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Posted September 2, 2014
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The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College will present the 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, announced College President Kim Cassidy today at a ceremony marking the start of the academic year.

Pennsylvania Liberal Arts Colleges Form Consortium

Posted July 9, 2014

Ten liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania have received an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create the Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts (PCLA), an entity designed to help each institution create new cost efficiencies, improve the quality of academic and co-curricular programs, and enhance inter-institutional knowledge and collaboration. The consortium also […]

U.K. Media Outlet Highlights Bryn Mawr’s Success with Sciences and at Providing Access

Posted April 24, 2014
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Times Higher Education reporter Chris Parr recently sat down with Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy to talk about a range of issues including the College’s involvement with the recent White House summit on college access and its success at creating women scientists.   From the article: “We don’t go around saying ‘you are a woman […]

Students Honored at 2014 Award Ceremony

Posted April 24, 2014
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At a ceremony on Wednesday, April 23, President Kim Cassidy announced the winners of a host of awards given to Bryn Mawr students. The awards and scholarships cited include honors bestowed by Bryn Mawr as well as those given by outside organizations.

Bryn Mawr College Changes Its Name To More Twitter-Friendly Brn Mwr

Posted April 1, 2014
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Just a few short weeks since being named Bryn Mawr’s President, Kim Cassidy has announced her first major initiative as leader of the prestigious women’s college. Effective immediately, Bryn Mawr College will be known as “Brn Mwr,” dropping all the vowels from its name. “This is the age of Twitter, every character counts,” said Cassidy […]

Award-Winning NPR Interviewer Terry Gross To Deliver Bryn Mawr College’s Commencement Address

Posted March 27, 2014
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Terry Gross, one of the most trusted and respected voices in American media, will deliver the Commencement address to Bryn Mawr College’s Class of 2014 and degree candidates from its two graduate schools at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.

Kimberly Wright Cassidy Named Bryn Mawr’s Ninth President

Posted February 12, 2014
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The Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College is delighted to announce that Kimberly Wright Cassidy has been named the ninth President of Bryn Mawr College, effective immediately. Cassidy, who has been serving as Interim President since July 2013, has been a member of the Bryn Mawr faculty since 1993. Before her appointment to Interim […]

A Thank You to the Bryn Mawr Community From Interim President Kim Cassidy

Posted February 6, 2014

It’s been a tough couple of days, but once again members of the Bryn Mawr community have come together to take care of each other. Special thanks in particular go to our facilities, dining services, transportation, residential life, housekeeping, and campus safety staff for helping us all weather the storm.

Interim President Cassidy Attends White House Summit on Increasing College Access and Completion Rates for Low-Income Students

Posted January 16, 2014
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Bryn Mawr College Interim President Kim Cassidy joined President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and an invited group of approximately 150 higher education, government, philanthropic, and business leaders today for a White House summit on increasing college access and completion rates for students from low-income families and underrepresented minority groups.  Bryn Mawr was invited […]

Interim President Cassidy to Attend White House Summit on Increasing College Access and Completion Rates for Low-Income Students

Posted January 15, 2014
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Bryn Mawr College Interim President Kim Cassidy will join President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and an invited group of approximately 150 higher education, government, philanthropic, and business leaders on Thursday, Jan. 16, for a White House summit on increasing college access and completion rates for students from low-income families and underrepresented minority groups. […]

Statement on ASA Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Posted January 3, 2014

Central to our mission statement is Bryn Mawr College’s belief that only through considering many perspectives do we gain a deeper understanding of each other and the world. We are a community that respects differing views and one that emphasizes learning through conversation and collaboration. Therefore, Bryn Mawr College opposes the American Studies Association’s boycott […]

Bryn Mawr Receives $800,000 Grant for Blended Learning from Mellon Foundation

Posted December 5, 2013
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Bryn Mawr College has received a  $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation  that will help the College continue to build its “blended learning” course offerings and to develop resources for other liberal arts colleges interested in the approach. “Technology-enabled education is exploding with the rise of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and improvements […]

Update on Bryn Mawr’s Presidential Selection Process

Posted December 5, 2013

The following email was sent to faculty, students, and staff by Secretary of the College Ruth Lindeborg on behalf of Trustee Leadership Working Group Chair Ann Logan ’76 and Vice Chair Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D. ’81, on Monday, Dec. 2. Dear members of the Bryn Mawr community: We wrote to you in October to inform you that […]

College Hosts Hundreds for Family Weekend

Posted November 7, 2013

Bryn Mawr welcomed over 200 family members and friends to campus last weekend to celebrate Family Weekend. The weekend featured tours of Bryn Mawr’s landscape and Philadelphia; talks with Bryn Mawr faculty and Interim President Kim Cassidy; choir, orchestra, and theatrical performances; and much more. For photos from this year’s Family Weekend, see the below […]

Bryn Mawr Mourns the Passing of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Gridley McKim-Smith

Posted October 21, 2013
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Professor McKim-Smith received her B.A. from Tulane University in Romance Languages and Literatures and her M.A. and Ph. D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University. She came to Bryn Mawr College in 1982 as an assistant professor, was named associate professor in 1985 and full professor in 1992. In 1999, she was honored with an endowed chair as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Professor in the Humanities.

Leadership Working Group Formed to Lead Search for Next BMC President

Posted October 16, 2013

The following email was sent to faculty, students, and staff by Secretary of the College Ruth Lindeborg on behalf of Trustee Leadership Working Group Chair Ann Logan ’76 and Vice Chair Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D. ’81, on Monday, Oct. 7. To members of the Bryn Mawr community: The Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College has formed […]

Zadie Smith Visit Enhances Academic Tradition of Emily Balch Speaker

Posted October 11, 2013
Author Zadie Smith at Bryn Mawr College on Oct. 9, 2013. Credit: Photography by Peter Tobia

On Wednesday night, Zadie Smith, critically acclaimed novelist and essayist, spent the evening with Bryn Mawr’s first-year students as the Emily Balch Speaker. Smith’s novel, White Teeth, won the Orange Prize for Fiction and also was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Novels published since 1923. She has twice been included on Granta’s list […]

Bryn Mawr Celebrates the Life of Dean Karen Tidmarsh

Posted October 3, 2013

On Saturday, Sept. 28, members of the Bryn Mawr College community gathered to celebrate the life of Dean Karen Tidmarsh, who died at age 63 in her Haverford home on March 2, 2013. Born May 19, 1949, Dean Tidmarsh devoted more than half of her life to Bryn Mawr College, from which she graduated in […]

2013-14 Academic Year Begins With Convocation

Posted September 5, 2013

The 2013-14 academic year officially began Tuesday with the first day of classes and the fall Convocation ceremony, where speakers included Professor of Social Work Cynthia Bisman, Simona Clausnitzer ’14, GSSWSR student Shawn Maxam, and Bryn Mawr Interim President Kim Cassidy. In addition to welcoming new and returning students to campus, Cassidy used the occasion […]

Bryn Mawr College Community Comes Together to Host 2013 WPSP Institute

Posted July 25, 2013

In hosting the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute 2013, Bryn Mawr College drew on members from every part of its community – faculty, staff, students, and alumnae – to make the gathering a memorable and invaluable experience for the 43 delegates who participated in the Institute. Planning for the Institute began more than […]

New Residence Hall Will Add Rooms and Incorporate Perry House Program

Posted July 22, 2013

The Board of Trustees has approved a plan for a Haffner Student Housing Project, which will provide for the renovation of a portion of Haffner Hall, the demolition of a portion of Haffner, and an addition that will give the College its first new student housing in nearly 45 years.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Delivers Women in Public Service Project Keynote

Posted July 10, 2013
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In delivering her keynote address for the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute 2013 in Thomas Great Hall on Tuesday July 9, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised the delegates in attendance and urged them to continue to “step up and put themselves on the line.” “We need more leaders to stand […]

Hillary Rodham Clinton to Speak at Bryn Mawr on July 9 as Part of Women in Public Service Project Institute

Posted June 24, 2013
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will address emerging women leaders from post-conflict countries as part of the two-week Women in Public Service Project Institute being held at and organized by Bryn Mawr College from July 7-19. Clinton, who launched the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) as Secretary of State in 2011, is […]

Gina Siesing Named Bryn Mawr College’s Chief Information Officer

Posted June 20, 2013

Gina Siesing, director of Educational & Scholarly Technology Services at Tufts University, will be joining Bryn Mawr as the College’s Chief Information Officer. Gina will officially assume her new role on October 1.

Bryn Mawr College Commencement 2013

Posted May 22, 2013

Undeterred by the threat of rain, hundreds of family members and friends gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 18, to celebrate Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2013. To see photos from the above slide show, visit this online gallery. Prior to receiving their degrees, the Class of 2013 heard from Commencement Speaker Meenakshi Gopinath, president […]

Bryn Mawr Board Appoints Provost Kimberly Wright Cassidy as Interim President

Posted April 26, 2013
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The Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College is delighted to announce today that the College’s Provost, Dr. Kimberly Wright Cassidy, will become Interim President of Bryn Mawr College on July 1, 2013. A distinguished scholar and respected leader, Dr. Cassidy was first elected to serve as Provost in 2007 and was reappointed for an […]

Prominent Speakers Confirmed for Women in Public Service Institute at Bryn Mawr College

Posted April 11, 2013
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Several prominent speakers have been confirmed for The Women in Public Service Institute at Bryn Mawr College happening this summer. Confirmed speakers include Alice Rivlin ’52, founding director, Congressional Budget Office; Mary Ellen Iskenderian, president and CEO, Women’s World Banking, and Angela Kane ’70, high representative for disarmament affairs, United Nations. The Institute is a […]

New Events With Alumnae Participating Via Skype Highlight Careers Outside the U.S.

Posted April 4, 2013
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In recent weeks, the College has hosted several webinars and on-campus events intended to connect students with international alumnae. As part of a new international initiative called the Bryn Mawr at Work Series: Global Alumnae Career Networking, students have the opportunity to interact with alumnae around the world via Skype webinars and at in-person events […]

Meenakshi Gopinath, President of India’s Lady Shri Ram College, to Give Commencement Address on May 18

Posted March 28, 2013
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Meenakshi Gopinath, president of India’s Lady Shri Ram College and an advocate for women’s education and empowerment and peace in the region, will give Bryn Mawr’s Commencement address on Saturday, May 18. A political scientist with expertise in Gandhian thought, security, gender, peacebuilding, and Indian politics, Gopinath was the first woman to serve on the […]

Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees Announces President Jane McAuliffe Will Step Down After Term Concludes in June 2013

Posted March 19, 2013

The Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College today announced that Dr. Jane McAuliffe will step down as President of the College upon the completion of her current term on June 30, 2013. The Board of Trustees will appoint an Interim President for the 2013-2014 academic year, and will conduct a national search for the […]

President Jane McAuliffe Mentioned in Huffington Post Article About “Symposium on Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets”

Posted March 14, 2013

This Feb. 27 Huffington Post (U.K.) article on the “Symposium on Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets” mentions Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe as one of the attendees.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Profiles Former Bryn Mawr President Harris Wofford

Posted February 28, 2013

Bryn Mawr’s fifth president, Harris Wofford, who led the college from 1970 to 1978, was profiled by The Philadelphia Inquirer on Feb. 28. Wofford was profiled in connection with being awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal earlier this month. From the article: Omnipresent as a civil-rights and antipoverty crusader in the 20th century, Wofford remains an […]

Patti Smith Receives 2013 Hepburn Medal and Performs for Students

Posted February 14, 2013
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Whether she was meeting with students in the afternoon or accepting the 2013 Hepburn Medal in the evening, Patti Smith showed the warmth, humility, and plain-spoken authenticity when she came to campus last week that makes her memoir Just Kids such an irresistible read. And though at times when she spoke you could hear the […]

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe Joins Select Leaders For International Symposium on Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets

Posted January 31, 2013
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Bryn Mawr president Jane McAuliffe was among a select group of governmental, corporate, non-profit, and academic leaders to attend this year’s Emerging Markets Symposium (EMS) at the University of Oxford Green Templeton College earlier this month. Participants are invited in light of their stature, diverse knowledge and experience, and capacity to influence policies and practices […]

Hundreds Gather at Goodhart to Discuss “Next Wave” of Women’s Advancement

Posted December 6, 2012

A diverse audience of students, academics, and individuals from the private and nonprofit sectors filled Goodhart Hall Tuesday for a one-day colloquium titled, “The Next Wave: Disruption, Transition, and a New Global Era For Women’s Advancement.” Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe opened the colloquium with an examination of the event’s title, which refers broadly to […]

Bryn Mawr Joins Other Colleges and Universities in Offering Scholarships to Students Affected by Violence in Syria

Posted November 15, 2012

Bryn Mawr College is one of 33 colleges, universities, and other higher education organizations in the United States, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and France, taking part in an initiative to provide scholarships for Syrian students affected by the violence in that country and to serve as host campuses for professors and senior scholars displaced […]

Educators, Activists, and Corporate and Political Leaders to Gather at Bryn Mawr on Dec. 4 to Discuss the “Next Wave” of Women’s Advancement

Posted November 15, 2012
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The 21st century has brought major shifts in economic and political power, social structures, and information flows around the world. While these disruptions have threatened the well-being of many, they have at the same time created openings for positive social and political change. Nowhere is this twinned reality of threat and opportunity more apparent than […]

Bryn Mawr’s President Asks “How Should We Respond to Malala?” in Chronicle of Higher Education Commentary

Posted November 1, 2012

In an Oct. 29 Chronicle of Higher Education commentary centered around the shooting in Pakistan of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe writes about the need to “dedicate ourselves anew to the goal of women’s empowerment and the critical role that education must play in that process” From How Should We Respond to […]

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