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Bryn Mawr College
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Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Harris L. Wofford 1970-1978

Harris L. Wofford graduated from the University of Chicago and held LL.B degrees from Yale and Howard University.  When he was elected as the college’s fifth president, he had already risen to national prominence as special assistant to the President Kennedy on civil rights and served as president of the College at Old Westbury.   Drawing upon Bryn Mawr’s legacy of producing scholars prepared to be engaged in the world, Wofford led successful efforts to recruit international students to the college and to provide financial support for their enrollment. Simultaneously, he strengthened and broadened opportunities for all its students to study abroad, and to pursue externships and internships. He also encouraged the Board of Trustees to establish a committee on investment responsibility. Wofford led Bryn Mawr during an era of intense political ferment as the nation, in the midst of economic discord, grappled with social issues such as women's rights and civil rights,.   Acknowledging the world's turmoil at Convocation in 1970, he said, "The antidote is a deep respect for persons, an enjoyment of differences, and a robust readiness for dialogue.”