The below letter was sent to the Bryn Mawr community by Provost Kim Cassidy on June 5.
To the Bryn Mawr Community,
I am writing to let you know that Judy Balthazar has agreed to serve as the Interim Dean of the Undergraduate College beginning July 1, 2013.
Judy brings more than 20 years of experience in the Dean’s Office to this position and I am very pleased that she has agreed to take this leadership role during this time of transition. Judy has been involved with many of the recent initiatives at the College – 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 – and her experience in these areas will be invaluable. Everyone who works with Judy also 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.
Judy first became interested in student advising as she worked toward a Ph.D. in classical archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she spent three years as a resident fellow in Penn’s College House program. After earning the degree, she worked in administration at the University of Virginia. Judy came to Bryn Mawr in 1991 as an assistant dean and served as an associate dean from 2000-2009. Since 2009, she has served as the Dean of Studies for the Undergraduate College, working closely with outgoing Dean of the Undergraduate College Michele Rasmussen. I am confident that there will be a smooth transition to Judy’s leadership and that our students will continue to experience strong support from the Dean’s Office.
Please join me in congratulating Judy and thanking her for taking on this vitally important role. I also know that Judy will be relying on the expertise and good will of all of our colleagues in the Dean’s Office and among the Student Life staff. Judy and I are deeply grateful for their support as we embark on an exciting academic year.