Bryn Mawr College Appoints Wendy Cadge as Its 10th President

Bryn Mawr College

BRYN MAWR, PA — Bryn Mawr College recently announced the appointment of Wendy Cadge, a distinguished sociologist and authority on contemporary American religion, as its next president, set to take office on July 1. Cadge’s selection by the College’s Board of Trustees marks a significant milestone in the institution’s history, as she becomes the 10th individual to hold this prestigious position.

Currently serving as the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science and the Barbara Mandel Professor of the Humanistic Social Sciences at Brandeis University, Cadge brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of academic leadership to Bryn Mawr. Her extensive bibliography includes three books and over 100 scholarly articles, attesting to her prolific contributions to the field of sociology.

During her tenure at Brandeis, Cadge has been instrumental in enhancing the graduate student experience through initiatives aimed at expanding professional development opportunities, strengthening degree programs, and advancing anti-racism efforts. Notably, she established Brandeis’ first Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Collaboration, broadening research opportunities for undergraduates, and played a key role in leading the Division of Social Sciences and the Brandeis Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Program.

Cadge’s commitment to shared governance is evident in her service as a faculty representative to the Brandeis Board of Trustees and her leadership of the Faculty Governance Task Force. Additionally, her founding of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab in 2018 underscores her dedication to fostering innovative spiritual care and support within the community.

The unique combination of Bryn Mawr’s undergraduate liberal arts focus for women and its coeducational graduate programs was a significant factor in Cadge’s decision to join the college. She expressed her belief in the transformative power of liberal arts education and its lasting impact beyond the attainment of a bachelor’s degree. Cadge’s vision for Bryn Mawr centers on a commitment to academic excellence and preparing students for lives of purpose.

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Cynthia Archer ’75, Chair of the Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees, praised Cadge as an inspiring choice for the presidency, highlighting her entrepreneurial spirit, educational prowess, and alignment with the college’s mission. Cadge’s appointment follows the tenure of Kim Cassidy, who will conclude her second term in June 2024 after an 11-year presidency.

Cadge’s upcoming presidency at Bryn Mawr College represents a pivotal moment for the institution, promising a continued dedication to fostering an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community. Her extensive background in academia and her innovative approach to leadership are poised to guide Bryn Mawr into a new era of educational excellence and societal contribution. As the college transitions under Cadge’s leadership, the broader academic community watches with anticipation for the new directions and initiatives that will emerge from this historic appointment.

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