August 2013 Archways

Campus Buzz

BMC veterans named to leadership roles.

Interim President Kim Cassidy has appointed three BMC veterans to key positions: Professor of Sociology and former Dean of Graduate Studies Mary J. Osirim was named interim provost, Dean of Studies for the Undergraduate College Judy Balthazar was named interim dean of the undergraduate college, and Professor of Chemistry Sharon Burgmayer was named interim dean of graduate studies.

Mary J. Osirim. Photo by Paola Nogueras.

Mary J. Osirim. Photo by Paola Nogueras.

Osirim, who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, first came to Bryn Mawr in 1985 as an instructor and was promoted to full professor in 2002. In addition to chairing the Sociology Department, she has served as co-director of the Center for International Studies and its Center for Ethnicities, Communities, and Social Policy (now the Center for Social Sciences) as director of the Africana Studies Program, as faculty diversity liaison, and as a member of the Diversity Leadership Group.

In her announcement, Cassidy said, “Mary brings a wealth of administrative experience and a passion for Bryn Mawr to the Provost position. … Mary is a wonderful colleague—fair, open, thoughtful, collaborative, and creative—and I look forward to working with her as we all move Bryn Mawr forward together.”

Judy Balthazar. Photo by Jim Roese.

Judy Balthazar. Photo by Jim Roese.

Like Osirim, Balthazar has had a long tenure at Bryn Mawr. She joined the Dean’s Office in 1991 as an assistant dean. She has been involved with many of the recent initiatives at the College, including curricular renewal and revision, recent improvements in student support services, the SEADS project for Bi-Co student registration, and efforts to enhance the student experience beyond the classroom. She holds a Ph.D. in classical archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Says Cassidy, “Everyone who works with Judy deeply appreciates her many wonderful personal qualities—her intelligence, her hard work, her thoughtful and deliberative manner, her concern for excellence and high standards, and her cooperative nature.”

Sharon Burgmayer. Photo by Jim Roese.

Sharon Burgmayer. Photo by Jim Roese.

Burgmayer, a Bryn Mawr veteran of 27 years, specializes in bioinorganic chemistry. Her classrooms and labs are active sites in which undergraduate and graduate students collaborate in her research and often participate as co-authors of her publications. Beyond her teaching and research, she has served on faculty committees, including the Appointments Committee, the Graduate Council, and more recently on the Committee on Nominations. She has also served as chair and as graduate advisor in the chemistry department. 

“Sharon is very highly regarded among her faculty peers and students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,” says Osirim. “She is an ardent champion of the graduate enterprise at Bryn Mawr embedded within the distinctive environment of our liberal arts college.”

 

 

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