Among a small percentage of women making a nationally recognized mark in higher education, Kim Cassidy came to Bryn Mawr College as a faculty member in 1993, assuming the provost’s post in 2007. Seven years later, she was named the esteemed institution’s ninth president. “I’m a big believer in the power of the liberal arts. It’s such a wonderful place for undergraduate education,” she says.
Over the years, Cassidy’s background in developmental psychology has helped her in her roles at Bryn Mawr. “Having the kind of environment that’s exclusively focused on women’s development is powerful,” she says. “Women are constantly getting the message that they can do whatever they choose, that they’ll be supported and that their success will be central, with no unconscious bias.”