Changing Boundaries

Tuesday, April 10, 2-3:30 p.m.

For both educational and economic reasons, liberal arts colleges have worked hard to enrich their intellectual communities and extend them beyond traditional boundaries. Recent initiatives to advance global learning include innovative approaches to study abroad, service learning, and institutional partnerships. Equally, changing demographics in this country have placed new pressures on small private colleges to broaden outreach and educational access beyond traditional areas.  As vital participants in national and global learning networks, liberal arts colleges are reinventing themselves as they reformulate institutional missions and traditional approaches.

Carol Tecla Christ
President, Smith College

In 2002, Carol Tecla Christ became the 10th president of Smith College. In 1970, Christ joined the English faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. She entered the university’s administration in 1988, serving first as dean of humanities and later as provost and dean of the College of Letters and Sciences. In 1994, Christ was appointed vice chancellor and provost and later became executive vice chancellor. [more]


Jane Dammen McAuliffe
President, Bryn Mawr College

Jane Dammen McAuliffe became the eighth president of Bryn Mawr College in 2008. Under her leadership Bryn Mawr has continued its tradition as a premiere liberal arts college for women while broadening its academic and extracurricular offerings to meet the needs of today’s students. Prior to her arrival at Bryn Mawr, she was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University. [more]

Brian Rosenberg
President, Macalester College


Brian Rosenberg is the 16th president of Macalester College. Under his leadership, Macalester launched an historic five-year campaign to raise $150 million (ending in 2011). Prior to coming to Macalester in August 2003, Rosenberg was the dean of the faculty and an English professor at Lawrence University. [more]