President Patricia McGuire will speak at the inauguration ceremony of Trinity graduate and Trustee Dr. Jane Dammen McAuliffe ’68, who will officially become the eighth president of Bryn Mawr College on Saturday, October 4. McAuliffe, who is an internationally known scholar of Islamic studies and was most recently Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University, took office on July 1, 2008.
Bryn Mawr and Trinity have a long standing relationship that dates back to Trinity’s founding in 1897. In 1899, Sr. Mary Euphrasia and Sr. Anne de Marie from Trinity traveled to Bryn Mawr for a consultation with faculty there as they developed the curriculum for the new college. Significantly, M. Carey Thomas, the second and very influential president of Bryn Mawr, attended the dedication of Trinity in November 1900.
President McGuire will bring greetings from McAuliffe’s alma mater at the inauguration; she will talk about the historic connection between Trinity and Bryn Mawr and the importance of women’s colleges today.
When McAuliffe was first named president of Bryn Mawr in February 2008, President McGuire said that “Dr. McAuliffe will be a great leader for Bryn Mawr. She is a renowned Islamic scholar and a visionary academic leader. At Georgetown, she led initiatives in faculty development and curricular reform, and also was responsible for the fund raising and construction of a fine arts center and the planning of a new undergraduate science building. As a member of Trinity’s Board of Trustees, Dr. McAuliffe has been a wise and thoughtful advisor to me and to the trustees on academic matters.”
Bryn Mawr is live webcasting the inauguration at http://news.brynmawr.edu/?p=715