Marion Edwards Park was a scholar in the fields of Classics and English who earned her A.B., M.A. and PhD from Bryn Mawr College. She became the third president of Bryn Mawr College after having served as dean at both Simmons College and Radcliffe College. She led efforts to enrich the college’s curriculum, particularly in the areas of the fine arts, history of architecture and arts, and in archeology. Park presided over the college during difficult times for colleges, for the nation, and for the world. The Great Depression, the rise of fascism, and the beginning of World War II provided many challenges, but throughout, Park provided steady, optimistic leadership, joining with other United States institutions of higher learning to employ refugee scholars from European universities. Park initiated a program of cooperation between Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania. At the opening of the academic year 1933-34, she said, "The college must educate for a changing world … about which we know only that it will be different from anything of which we have now had experience."