N.Y. college dean will head Bryn Mawr School

January 09, 1995|By Mike Bowler | Mike Bowler,Sun Staff Writer

Rebecca MacMillan Fox, dean of William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., has been named head of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore.

Dr. Fox, 46, will take over the 767-student private school for girls on July 1, succeeding Barbara Landis Chase, who recently became the first woman head of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.

Dr. Fox has three degrees from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, the last a doctorate in French literature. (The Baltimore school was named for the women's college and had formal ties with it for a number of years, but there is no longer an official relationship.) She was assistant dean at Bryn Mawr College from 1972 to 1982, when she became dean at William Smith.

Though she lacks experience in administering an independent school, Dr. Fox said that in addition to her academic field, "I've maintained a parallel interest in women's studies and in women's education. . . . One of the things that attracted me to Baltimore is how seriously the city takes education, both public and private."

In announcing Dr. Fox's appointment, Richard T. Hale Jr., president of the Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees, said, "Rebecca Fox combines intelligence, compassion and vision with years of experience in all facets of women's education."

Dr. Fox is married to William S. Green, founder and chairman of the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester, and they have two sons, ages 6 and 11. Dr. Fox said that, at least at the beginning of her tenure, she and Dr. Green will have "a commuter marriage."

She will be the eighth head of Bryn Mawr, founded in 1885 by five Baltimore feminists. The school's first headmistress was the classical scholar Edith Hamilton. In addition to the main school, which enrolls girls in grades kindergarten through 12, Bryn Mawr's campus on West Melrose Avenue in North Baltimore includes an early childhood education center with 218 girls and boys.

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