An internationally respected scholar of Islamic studies, Jane McAuliffe came to Bryn Mawr from Georgetown University where she had served as Dean of the College of Arts and Science from 1999 to 2008. Under McAuliffe’s leadership, Bryn Mawr initiated the innovative 360° Program, instituted both a major in International Studies and a Tri-College minor in Environmental Studies, and became a national leader among liberal arts colleges in the use of technology to enhance student learning. She reaffirmed Bryn Mawr’s founding mission as a women’s college by placing global women’s advancement at the center of her presidency. To this end she built College partnerships with select universities and colleges across the globe, convened international conferences on campus, played a critical role in the creation of the Women in Public Service Project and expanded the College’s international enrollment three-fold. She recruited strong leadership for several senior positions, increased applications to their highest level, and guided major campus renovations of Bryn Mawr’s athletic facilities, theater and student services space. McAuliffe secured transformational gifts for the College, laying a strong foundation for its next capital campaign, and guided faculty, students and staff in formulating The Plan for Bryn Mawr
, a new strategic vision for the College.