May 2011 Archways


Arlene Joy Gibson ’65 Elected Chair of the Board of Trustees

Arlene Joy Gibson ’65 was unanimously named to succeed Sally Zeckhauser ’64 as the chair of Bryn Mawr College’s board of trustees at the board’s February 12, 2011, meeting. Gibson will assume the chair on July 1. She has been a member of the board of trustees since 1999 and currently serves as vice chair of the board and as trustee liaison to undergraduate students.

Gibson is the former head of the Spence School in New York and served as headmistress of Kent Place School in New Jersey. After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Gibson earned a master’s degree in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University.

Gibson says, “I am honored to be invited to serve during this time of both challenge and excitement at the College. Following Sally as chair is humbling as she has given 11 years of excellent leadership to Bryn Mawr. Sally’s quiet graciousness will be sorely missed. Among her lasting legacies to the College is a unique plan of governance that enables trustees to share decision making with the administration, faculty, student body and alumnae.”

Susan Sutton Appointed Senior Advisor for International Initiatives

Susan Sutton ’69 returned to the College in January 2011 as a senior advisor for international initiatives. Sutton was associate vice president of international affairs at Indiana University and associate vice chancellor of international affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is the president-elect of the Association of International Education Administrators.

President McAuliffe says, “Susan’s experience in facilitating international engagement and forging strategic partnerships, her understanding of the complex issues involved with the overall globalization of higher education, and her commitment to Bryn Mawr and its values will be invaluable resources as the College moves forward.”

Kim Cassidy Reappointed as Provost

Kim Cassidy will serve as provost for an additional five years. Since 2008, she and her team have led the Middle States reaccreditation review of the College. Cassidy has also played a major role in curriculum renewal. She says she looks forward to continuing work in an atmosphere “where the focus is on the excitement of possibility.”

Cassidy has served on the faculty since 1993, the year she earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Irene Rotroff ’68 Wins Top Archaeology Award

For the second year in a row, a graduate of the department of classical and Near Eastern archaeology has won the Archaeological Institute of America’s Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement, the organization’s highest honor. Susan Irene Rotroff ’68 was awarded the medal at the Institute’s annual meeting in January.

Rotroff is the eighth graduate to win this laurel. So far, Bryn Mawr-affiliated archaeologists make up about a fifth of the winners of the AIA Gold Medal.

Rotroff is the Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches courses in both the department of classics and the department of art history and archaeology. An authority on Hellenistic pottery, Rotroff uses the material culture of ancient societies to understand the daily lives of their people. She has focused on pottery found at the Athenian Agora, in addition to sites in Turkey and other areas of Greece. She was awarded a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship in 1988.

The award citation highlights her special qualities: “inspired teaching, extensive fieldwork, and an international reputation as a scholar.”

Mary Osirim Named Dean of Graduate Studies

Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Africana Studies Program Mary Osirim has been named the College’s new dean of graduate studies. This position oversees programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

In addition to chairing the sociology department, Osirim has 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).

Osirim will follow Physics Professor Liz McCormack as dean.

Happy Birthday to Hilda Broad ’29, age 105

Hilda Broad, Class of 1929, celebrated her 105th birthday with friends, including members of her book group. The story appeared in The Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York), which reported that Broad and friends started the book club during World War II, meeting twice a month, every year, since then. Her birthday was celebrated with “cake, wine and literature.”