Provost Marcy’s Seven Years of Leadership

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Marcy’s strategic initiatives strengthened Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Mary MarcyProvost Marcy leaves Bard College at Simon’s Rock stronger than ever as she prepares to depart on June 30 for her new role as president of Dominican University of California. During her tenure, Marcy advanced the College’s unique mission and institutional identity through her commitments to a number of strategic initiatives. In seven years of Marcy’s leadership, the College has:

  • Strengthened the academic core. Marcy oversaw the reform of the General Education sequence, an update of the First-Year and Sophomore Seminars. When the new seminars are taught for the first time this fall, professors will work with a curriculum they developed collaboratively around a specific set of learning goals. It’s a curriculum that is more global in focus and inclusive of multimedia course materials.
  • Grown the Upper College. Approximately 50% of students now stay at Simon’s Rock to complete a BA, up from around one-third at the start of Marcy’s tenure.
  • Globalized. Marcy significantly grew the number of Signature Programs offered to students. These programs are a huge draw for students considering staying for four years. Largely study abroad opportunities, the Signature Programs give students an opportunity to connect their experience at Simon’s Rock to distinctive experiences around the world.
  • Increased Diversity. The College has diversified by increasing its outreach to international students and to underserved communities in the U.S. Now, 30% of the student body are students of color, and 25% of students come from low-income families.
  • Provided more resources for students to thrive. Marcy established the Win Student Resource Commons, enhancing the College’s ability to provide extensive access to tutoring, accommodations for students with accessibility issues, and academic and career advising.
  • Increased financial aid. The College provides aid to 75% of students, meets 65% of their need, and devotes significant resources to scholarship funds that support students. Through fundraising successes, several new endowed scholarships have been established.

At commencement, Emily Fisher, chairman of the Board of Overseers, marked Mary’s departure. “Mary has led the college with skill and imagination. I’ve been blessed to work with Mary and to call her my friend, and we will all miss her friendship and leadership.”

We at Simon’s Rock are a singular intellectual community. No one else does what we do, and for the past seven years, we couldn’t have done it without Provost Marcy. Her leadership has allowed the College to flourish—to become more like itself than ever.