Bryn Mawr Provost Mary Osirim was among those named to The Philadelphia Tribune's 2018 list of Philadelphia's Most Influential African Americans.
From the Tribune:
"They came from schools and colleges, from corporations, small business and unions, from government at all levels, from law firms and non-profits, from storied art institutions and up-and-coming startups, from the news media and the entertainment world.
But they all had one thing in common: They are the people who make things happen in Philadelphia, the people whose influence drives the city."
A professor of sociology, Osirim was named Bryn Mawr's Provost in March of 2015. She had served as Interim Provost from July 2013 until her appointment.
Prior to being named Interim Provost, Osirim served as the College’s Dean of Graduate Studies. In addition to chairing the Sociology Department, she has previously served as a co-director of the College’s Center for International Studies and its Center for Ethnicities, Communities, and Social Policy (now the Center for Social Sciences), and as director of its Africana Studies Program. She has also been the Faculty Diversity Liaison at the College and a member of the Diversity Leadership Group.
As an academic, Osirim has conducted fieldwork on women, entrepreneurship, and the roles of the state and non-governmental organizations in the microenterprise sectors of Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
In March of 2018, Osirim received the Woman of Distinction Award from Teenshop Philadelphia.
The Provost is the College's chief academic officer and reports to the President. She oversees all academic departments/programs and schools; the Athletics and Physical Education Department; the Health Professions Advising Office; the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC); the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment; the Office of Institutional Grants; and the Office of Sponsored Research.