Annual Highlights



  • Joseph Kennedy III (D) and Sean Bielat (R), candidates for the Massachusetts 4th Congressional seat (in the closely followed congressional race to replace Barney Frank), participated in a lively, standing-room-only debate at Wellesley on October 15.

  • The Wellesley Partnership for Diversity and Inclusion launched an all-day event designed to strengthen and sustain a campus culture that embraces different ways of thinking, working, and living. 

  • In November, Science Club for Girls, which provides free educational opportunities for girls in underserved communities, honored President H. Kim Bottomly with a Catalyst Award for her "commitment and significant efforts to make science, engineering, and technology a truly universal enterprise." 

  • The MasterCard Foundation selected Wellesley as a collaborating school for a program focused on educating academically qualified yet disadvantaged African students. The $500 million scholarship program was introduced at a United Nations special session.

  • A grant from the Class of 1957 Green Fund helped launch a new student-proposed bike share program for Wellesley community members. 

  • In June, Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 opened the Women in Public Service Institute at Wellesley with a speech, envisioning a world in which political and civic leadership reaches 50 percent female by 2050. 


  • WZLY, the nation's first all-women college radio station, turned 70.  Originally titled WBS 730 AM when it was launched in April 1942, it is now at 91.5 FM.
  • The Wellesley College Leadership Development Program was created to prepare 15 selected administrative employees per year for future leadership opportunities at the College.
  • Women leaders from 21 nations convened at Wellesley June 11-22 for the Women in Public Service Institute, part of an initiative launched by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton '69 to raise female political and civic leadership worldwide.
  • The Wellesley College Office of Sustainability convened 70 representatives from 29 neighboring colleges to share progress and challenges, in an effort to help institutions learn from each other as they develop sustainability plans.  Earlier in the year, the Whitin Observatory renovation received silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Certification by LEED is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability in the United States and countries around the world.
  • Layli Maparyan, a leading scholar in women's issues, psychology, development, and policy, joined the Wellesley Centers for Women as the Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director.


  • The College created the Office of Intercultural Education to develop and lead intercultural education activities, training, and programs that educate and promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diversity and inclusion on campus.
  • President Bottomly represented Wellesley at at the 2010 Aspen Big Ideas Festival, was a panelist at the fourth annual Forum on Women in Leadership at the National Archives, and served on the advisory committees of the National Cancer Advisory Board and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Wellesley awarded 15 Schiff Fellowships and named two Knafel Fellows. Another student was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar. Six alumnae won Fulbright Grants and English Teaching Assistantships. Two alumnae received Watson Fellowships and 12 were offered NSF awards.
  • Kim Eaton '11 was named D3 Golfer of the Year and Megan Townsend was named NEISCA's Scholar Athlete of the Year. Randelle Boots '13 claimed a national title in the mile run and Leah Clement '12 earned All-American honors, placing 6th in the 800m. Tessa Spillane was named Rowing Coach of the Year and Crew won both the NEWMAC and Seven Sisters Championships. The Swimming and Diving team also won its Seven Sisters Championship.
  • Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas Susan Reverby's discovery of 1940s U.S. government syphilis experiments in Guatemala made national news and prompted a formal White House response and investigation.
  • Furthering Wellesley's resemblance to Hogwarts, the Leaky Beaker opened in the Science Center. While there's no butterbeer (yet), hungry students, faculty, and staff can stop by for a bite to eat or just to chat.


  • The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley was launched. It aims to foster a solution-driven intellectual exchange among a diverse group of students, faculty, global thoughtleaders, and policy-makers to collaborate on major global issues.
  • Senior Staff was reorganized. The position of Dean of the College was changed to Provost and Dean of the College. The departments of Finance and Administration/Planning were combined and Andrew Evans was named VP for Finance & Administration. The departments of Admission and Financial Aid were combined and Jennifer Desjarlais was named Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.
  • Wellesley students won four Fulbright Grants, two Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship, and three Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color. Additionally, nine recent alumnae received National Science Foundation Research Fellowships, and Bilin Zhuang '09 received the American Physical Society 2009 Leroy Apker Award for outstanding achievements in physics.
  • Two new directors were appointed. Lisa Fischman, who received her Ph.D. in Art History and American Studies from the University of Minnesota, was appointed Director of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center to extend teaching and research beyond the classroom and into the galleries.Catherine Summa '83, who received her Ph.D. in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences from MIT in 1993, was appointed as the director of Wellesley College's Science Center to promote enthusiasm and appreciation for the sciences across the college community.
  • Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life Victor Kazanjian was invited to the White House Office for Faithbased and Neighborhood Partnerships focusing on interfaith cooperation and higher education, underscoring the importance of Wellesley's multifaith program and Dean Kazanjian's leadership in developing it.
  • The summer saw construction projects in twenty-two buildings as the College works to maintain its beautiful and historic campus.


  • Renovations began on the newly named Diana Chapman Walsh '66 Alumnae Hall (formerly Alumnae Hall).
  • Low income students and other students of modest means benefitted from major decreases in their financial aid loans. The students received increased Wellesley Grants to make up for loans that were reduced or completely eliminated.
  • A cooperative link with nearby Olin College, a leading engineering college, and Babson College, a top ranked institution for entrepreneurship, was formalized, strengthening Wellesley‟s academic and social relationships.
  • Deborah Foye Kuenster '80 was named Wellesley's chief investment officer, succeeding Jane Mendillo, who left to lead Harvard Management Co.
  • Admission application numbers were up by 2 percent continuing the consistently strong results of the past several years.
  • Wellesley showed a remarkable 1.3 percent increase in overall cash raised by the end of the college's 2009 fiscal year, compared with 2008, despite the economic downturn.
  • The Class of 2009 was awarded five Fulbright Scholarships, one Fulbright alternate, two Truman Scholarships, and one Watson Fellowship. In addition, Catlin Powers '09 was awarded the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment as well as an award from the Clinton Global Initiative for her innovative solar cooker.


  • Surrounded by political, educational and institutional leaders, students, faculty, staff, friends and family, H. Kim Bottomly was installed as Wellesley College‟s 13th president during inauguration ceremonies on May 9.
  • The Newhouse Center for the Humanities welcomed 12 scholars for the academic year. The guest scholars included 10 Newhouse Fellows, four of whom are Wellesley faculty on sabbatical, and two visiting scholars, law professor Anita Hill and Iranian writer and activist Mehrangiz Kar, who came to Wellesley via the "Scholars at Risk" network.
  • Alumna and trustee Pamela Melroy '83 surprised her trustee colleagues with a phone call from NASA‟s Space Shuttle while it was docked with the International Space Station. Melroy was commander of the “Discovery,” her third shuttle mission.
  • Environmentalist and author Bill McKibbon delivered the annual Carolyn Wilson Lecture entitled “Building the New Climate Movement.” His speech was part of Wellesley's participation in “Focus the Nation,” a nationwide one-day initiative on environmental education.
  • President Bottomly announced two new members of her senior leadership team. Debra DeMeis was named dean of students and Cameran Mason was named vice president for resources and public affairs.
  • For the fifth consecutive year, Wellesley received more than 4,000 applicants for its incoming class.


  • Leonie Faroll '49, an alumna who skillfully managed her investments for decades and maintained a frugal lifestyle, left Wellesley more than $27 million. The bequest is the largest in the college's history and the largest bequest ever to a women's college. The funds will be used for capital improvements to the power plant and for infrastructure improvements and structural renovations in the Science Center.
  • With the conclusion of The Wellesley Campaign, Wellesley set a fundraising record for liberal arts colleges, raising a total of $472.3 million, far surpassing the $400 million goal set when the effort was launched five years earlier. More than 71 percent of Wellesley College's 33,000 alumnae made a gift to the campaign.
  • The Admission Office moved to the newly-renovated Weaver House, enabling work to begin on the Newhouse Center for the Humanities to be located in Green Hall. The Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center opened in late August as the Class of 2009 arrived on campus. Although the building bustled with activity from the moment it opened, a gala grand opening celebration was held at the start of Family and Friends Weekend.
  • Wellesley ranked first among national liberal arts colleges in a new guide published by The Washington Monthly, based on its rate of graduates who go into national and community service, spending on beneficial research, and percentage of low-income students.
  • President Diana Chapman Walsh launched a collaborative inquiry into Wellesley's future. The 2015 Commission, comprised of trustees, faculty, students, and administrators and chaired by the president, led an inquiry into the major opportunities and challenges Wellesley is likely to face over the next decade and their implications for the College's future plans and strategies.


  • A new leadership team was put in place in the Office of the Dean of the College: Andrew Shennan, history, stepped into the role of Dean of the College; Joanne Berger Sweeney, biological sciences, and Adele Wolfson, chemistry, were named Associate Deans.
  • A two-year review of the honor code concluded with the adoption by the student body, through an allstudent referendum, of the core statement: As a Wellesley College student, I will act with honesty, integrity, and respect. In making this commitment, I am accountable to the community and dedicate myself to a life of honor.
  • Dr. Paul Farmer, a world-renowned infectious diseases specialist and founding director of Partners in Health, delivered the prestigious Carolyn Wilson Lecture.
  • The total number of applicants for the Class of 2009 increased nine percent from the previous year's record-breaking total. Wellesley admitted 32 percent of applicants, the most selective admission cycle in nearly 40 years.
  • Elizabeth Masiello, Class of 2003, was named one of 32 Rhodes Scholars chosen from the U.S., becoming the ninth Wellesley College student to win the prestigious honor since women were allowed to apply in 1976.
  • The Class of 2005 garnered a remarkable 15 Fulbright Scholarships, which, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, placed Wellesley first among all U.S. baccalaureate colleges in the number of Fulbright Awards for the year.
  • After a national search, Alison Green '87 was named as new executive director of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association.


  • Following a comprehensive national search, Kimberly Goff-Crews was named Dean of Students. Jennifer Desjarlais, former director of admission who had served as interim dean, was named Dean of Admission.
  • Andrew B. Evans joined the Wellesley community in August as the new vice president for finance and treasurer. He succeeded Susan Vogt, who passed away after three years in that role.
  • After a year-long discussion on grade inflation, the Academic Council approved a new, college-wide grading standard designed to reverse an inflationary trend in average grades and to diminish the grading discrepancies across departments and disciplines.
  • The Davis Parking Facility opened, providing space for more than 500 vehicles. In accordance with the 1998 campus master plan, parking along roadways at the core of the campus was removed, enabling the transformation of Service Lot to green space.
  • The number of applications for the Class of 2008 increased 17 percent over last year's total.
  • Wellesley received its fifth major award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a $1.2 million four year grant to support research and teaching in the natural sciences.
  • The Class of 2004 was awarded 14 Fulbright Scholarships, one Rhodes Scholarship, and, for the third consecutive year, two Watson Fellowships.


*Note: The colors chosen coordinate with the class color of the graduating class of the respective academic year.