The below letter was sent to the Bryn Mawr community by Dean of Undergraduate College Michele Rasmussen on June 27.
Dear Members of the Bryn Mawr Community,
I am very pleased to announce that Katie Krimmel, Senior Associate Director of the Wharton Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania, will be joining Bryn Mawr College as the Associate Dean for our new Center for Leadership, Innovation and the Liberal Arts. Katie will assume her new role on August 19.
Katie was selected from an extremely talented pool of candidates following a national search this spring. She brings to Bryn Mawr ten years of higher ed and corporate experience with specialized expertise in leadership development and program management. She currently directs Wharton’s highly successful Nonprofit Board Leadership Program, an experiential learning opportunity for MBA students that partners with local non-profits to allow students to serve as “Visiting Board Members.” Through the program, students receive specialized professional development and mentoring and gain valuable board experience while supporting the mission of the partner organization. She is also part of the team that contributes to the Wharton student experience through the school’s annual Learning Team Retreat for 850 incoming students.
At Bryn Mawr, Katie will direct the new Center for Leadership, Innovation and the Liberal Arts, a signature element of “Today’s Learning for Tomorrow’s Lives” in the Plan for Bryn Mawr. As Associate Dean, she will be responsible for integrating the current Civic Engagement Office and Career Development Office staffs and building a team that will provide a comprehensive array of professional and personal development programs and opportunities for all Bryn Mawr students. She will also work closely with Interim Provost Mary Osirim and faculty to find ways for the Center to support curricular initiatives, to form connections between academic coursework and Center activities and to expand support for the Praxis program.
Katie came to Wharton in 2006 as an administrative coordinator in the Graduate Leadership Program following three years at the Target corporation where she left as an executive manager. Prior to Target, Katie pursued her undergraduate degree at Penn State University, where she majored in psychology in the College of Liberal Arts. She went on to earn a Master of Education at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and is currently completing her doctorate at Penn.
Katie’s colleagues at Wharton describe her as warm, thoughtful and extraordinarily collaborative. She is frequently sought out by Wharton students as a mentor and adviser and has demonstrated a keen ability to take an evidence-based approach to decision-making and program development. She is excited about the tremendous potential of the Center to contribute to the transformative experience Bryn Mawr offers students and is enthusiastic about working in an intimate liberal arts environment.
I would like to thank the committee who worked with such diligence on this search and who provided much thoughtful feedback and input on this important position. I am also very grateful to the many members of the campus community who participated in interviews and presentations with the finalists.
I am delighted that Katie will be joining Bryn Mawr at this exciting time. Please join me in welcoming her later this summer.