Sharon Burgmayer Appointed Dean of Graduate Studies

Posted March 20th, 2014 at 11:38 am.

The following email was sent to faculty, students, and staff on behalf of the President’s Office on Wednesday, March 19.

Dear Members of the Bryn Mawr Community,

I am delighted to announce that Sharon Burgmayer, W. Alton Jones Professor Chemistry, will serve as the next Dean of Graduate Studies at Bryn Mawr.  Sharon has served as the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies since July 1, 2013 and done a superb job in this role.  Her term begins immediately and will run until June 30, 2017.

The selection process for the Dean of Graduate Studies began in September 2013 with a discussion of the process with the Graduate Council.  The Selection Committee was comprised of the Chair of Graduate Council, one faculty representative from GSAS and one from GSSWSR, one graduate student from GSAS and one from GSSWSR, and Mary Osirim, Interim Provost.  The Committee invited nominations from the faculty and submitted a list of unranked candidates to me and Mary to interview.  Mary and I are pleased that Sharon was willing to be considered and that she has agreed to serve a full term as Dean of Graduate Studies.

As Mary Osirim wrote in her June announcement of Sharon’s interim appointment, Sharon has been a highly engaged and valued member of the Chemistry Department and of the College for more than 27 years.  She is a nationally recognized specialist in bioinorganic chemistry who collaborates with both undergraduate and graduate students as partners in her research and as co-authors of publications.  Very recently Sharon was awarded another research grant from the National Institute of Health.

In addition to her research and teaching, Sharon has made important contributions to the College community through her service on the Appointments Committee, Graduate Council, and most recently the Committee on Nominations.  She has also served as Chair and as Graduate Advisor in her department.

Mary and I are excited to work with Sharon in this leadership role for the graduate schools.  Sharon’s passion for our graduate programs and her understanding of their value and quality is an asset.  She is deeply respected by her faculty colleagues and admired by her students, for whom she continually advocates.  In addition to these attributes, Sharon possesses both the vision and the day-to-day management skills to get things accomplished at Bryn Mawr.  We know that the graduate programs will continue to thrive under her care.

Please join me in congratulating Sharon and in thanking her for taking on this important position.


With best wishes,

Kim Cassidy


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