Kimberly Wright Cassidy '85 Named President of Bryn Mawr College

Kim Cassidy '85

Philadelphia Inquirer: Bryn Mawr names Cassidy as president

Kimberly Wright Cassidy, interim president of Bryn Mawr College since July 2013, was named to the permanent post Wednesday, the college announced. 

Cassidy, 50, an expert in psychology, is a native of Elverson, Chester County, and has spent her entire career at Bryn Mawr. She joined the faculty at the women's college in 1993 and served as provost for six years before stepping into the interim presidency. Cassidy replaces Jane McAuliffe, who stepped down in June after five years, the shortest presidential tenure in the college's history. Cassidy's appointment follows a national search. 

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In her role as interim president, Cassidy said, she focused on reassuring staff, students, and alumni that the college would move forward despite the turnover.

"At a time like this, there are some advantages to having someone who has been here for a while," she said. "I spent a lot of time with various constituencies on the campus, listening and building relationships with them."

Cassidy, a McCabe Scholar while at Swarthmore, earned a B.A. in psychology from the College in 1985. She also recieved master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.