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

Posted March 19th, 2013 at 2:14 pm.

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 ninth President of Bryn Mawr.

Dr. McAuliffe said, “I am extremely proud to have served the Bryn Mawr College community as its president for the last five years. It has been an honor to be a part of this vibrant academic institution. In working together with our unparalleled faculty, staff and students, I am gratified by all that we have been able to accomplish in promoting and advancing the College’s goals and commitment to higher-learning. As each one of us advances on our path ahead, I look forward to witnessing what the many talented and exceptionally bright individuals inspired by Bryn Mawr will bring to the world around them.”

Board of Trustees Chair Arlene Joy Gibson stated, “Jane McAuliffe has played a significant role in raising Bryn Mawr’s profile nationally and internationally, while at the same time supporting the College’s curricular innovations and collaborations with other premier academic institutions. During her tenure, Bryn Mawr launched interdisciplinary 360° courses (a new experience that engages several aspects of a topic or theme to provide a range of perspectives across disciplines), made important advances in digital initiatives within the classroom, and introduced new majors reflective of our students’ evolving interests. We’ve also continued to emphasize global connections, including establishing and enhancing partnerships with a broader community in order to provide students and faculty with internship and scholarship opportunities around the world. In short, with Jane’s support, Bryn Mawr has continued to be a pioneering force in modern academia.”

The Class of 2013 will mark over 125 years of Bryn Mawr College playing a role in developing, inspiring and graduating some of the brightest young minds in the world, and the College continues to attract top candidates to both its renowned undergraduate and graduate programs. Since Dr. McAuliffe’s appointment in 2008, Bryn Mawr has seen applicant levels at all-time record highs, reflecting both the ongoing importance of women-centric institutions, and Bryn Mawr’s enduring status as a top-tier learning establishment.

While widely recognized for many strengths in liberal arts, Bryn Mawr is also a long-standing leader in advancing women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), ranking in the top 10 in the nation among liberal arts schools in the percentage of female students receiving degrees in math, and in the top 15 of all colleges and universities in terms of the percentage of female graduates pursuing doctorates in the STEM fields. Bryn Mawr has also been awarded a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, recognizing Bryn Mawr as one of the top producers of scientists in the nation. To further support the College’s goal to increase opportunities in the STEM fields, Bryn Mawr has forged an agreement with the University of Pennsylvania to facilitate opportunities for advanced degrees in engineering, and built upon its more than a decade-long relationship with the Posse Foundation, a national college access and leadership development program.

Gibson concluded, “We are thankful for Dr. McAuliffe’s contributions to the College, and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. At the same time, we are eager to identify the right individual to guide Bryn Mawr on its exciting road ahead and continue to execute and refine Bryn Mawr’s strategic plan for the future. We expect a seamless transition as the Board conducts a rigorous and thorough search for its ninth President and look forward to continued engagement and input from the full Bryn Mawr community. I know I speak for the entire Board of Trustees and many others in our community when I express my excitement for all that Bryn Mawr has accomplished and what lies ahead.”

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