Kimberly Wright Cassidy has served as President of Bryn Mawr College since 2014. A faculty member at Bryn Mawr since 1993, Cassidy served as the College’s Provost from 2007-2013.
As both Provost and President, Cassidy has promoted academic innovation, and has partnered with faculty to develop new academic programs and new approaches to teaching in a liberal arts context. Under her leadership, Bryn Mawr has created its distinctive multi-disciplinary “360°” course clusters; added new interdisciplinary academic programs and majors, including Biochemistry, Data Science, and International Studies; and worked with Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges to pilot “TriCo Philly,” a collaborative academic program based in the city of Philadelphia. She has embraced the possibilities offered by digital tools to enhance traditional classroom and laboratory experiences through blended learning, and worked with colleagues to build curricular and co-curricular opportunities for all students to gain critical digital competencies.
Early in her presidency, Cassidy collaborated with faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees to develop and implement Excellence in Action, a strategic vision for Bryn Mawr’s undergraduate college, and to enhance the College’s distinctive, select graduate programs. She has joined with students and other members of the campus community to address institutional legacies of exclusion; to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity as crucial to institutional excellence; and to deepen the College’s commitment to student access and success. She has also strengthened the intercollegiate athletic program, which is committed to the scholar-athlete model, and has led campus initiatives to value and support the whole student.
Cassidy is a public advocate for gender equity, with a focus on equity issues in STEM disciplines and workplaces.
Prior to her appointment to Provost, Cassidy was a member of Bryn Mawr’s Department of Psychology, serving as chair from 2004-2007. Her research and teaching focus on developmental psychology, with a particular interest in children’s development of theories about the minds of others. She continues to teach Educational Psychology every fall. Cassidy earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in psychology from Swarthmore College.