President Jane Dammen McAuliffe of Bryn Mawr College accepts the historic presidential book from Bryn Mawr Board Chair Sally Hoover Zeckhauser during Jane’s inauguration as the eight president of Bryn Mawr.
All over the campus of Bryn Mawr College on Saturday, lapels sported a button reading “McAuliffe in 2008!” Everyone agreed that this choice for president was, by far, the very best — at least for Bryn Mawr College. About a dozen Trinity alumnae, Jane’s classmates and friends, boosted the Trinity pride throughout the Bryn Mawr crowd on a sparkling clear October day on this historic women’s college campus.
Jane McAuliffe with Trinity friends Patty Magee Vaughan ’66, Patricia Aiken O’Neill ’66, and Jane’s sister Mary Kate Duggan ’69.
College and university presidents from all over gathered to pay tribute to Jane, including the current and former presidents of Georgetown University, Jack DeGoia and Fr. Leo O’Donovan (see them with Jane, below). Jane served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown for the last nine years.
Jane’s family was also out in force, including her sisters, her wonderful husband Dennis (a professor of Italian, on the right below, with granddaughters) and her four children and many grandchildren.
The presidents of Haverford College, Swarthmore College, Smith College and the University of Pennsylvania also brought greetings.
Jane chats with President Stephen G. Emerson of Haverford College while Presidents Alfred H. Bloom of Swarthmore and Amy Gutmann of the University of Pennsylvania look on.
One of my great sheroes turns out to be one of Jane’s as well — Dr. Johnnetta Cole, President Emerita of Spelman College and Bennett College (see her below), and she delivered wonderful remarks about Jane and the necessity of women’s colleges in today’s world.
I was pleased and honored to bring greetings from our Trinity community. The whole event was webcast on Bryn Mawr’s website www.brynmawr. edu