Dr. Margaret Healy
11th College President, 1995-2001
Margaret M. Healy, known to all as Peg, came to this area by way of Chicago, Illinois where she graduated from Rosary College with degrees in philosophy and mathematics. She earned an additional degree in philosophy as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Louvain, Belgium, and obtained her MA in philosophy from St. John's University, New York. In 1969, she was awarded her PhD in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College.
In 1964, Rosemont College welcomed Dr. Healy as a lecturer in philosophy. From 1969 to 1976, she became Rosemont's Academic Dean and associate professor of philosophy. Following these assignments, Peg began a distinguished nineteen-year career at Bryn Mawr College where she was director of financial planning, acting treasurer, and then, treasurer.
Dr. Healy had been serving on Rosemont's Board of Trustees when, in 1995, the college
needed a new president. Peg served as interim president (taking a leave of absence
from Bryn Mawr) before assuming the role of President in 1996. Rosemont, again, became
her focal point.
Peg's contributions to the life of the college were many, but the most significant challenge was to rebuild its endowment, which she did fivefold.
On the educational front, clear distinctions were made between the Undergraduate Women's College, the School of Continuing Studies and the School of Graduate Studies. The accelerated degree program within continuing studies expanded to three additional locations: Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Allentown.
There was an increase of concentrations in the master's degree program. Peg oversaw the installation of air-conditioning in the Kistler Library; installation of Alumni Terrace; construction of the Bill and Rosemary Seydel McCloskey Fitness Center. Peg also introduced the community based program called Summer Success. She encouraged art and music.
The grand finale to her career at Rosemont was raising funds for the restoration of Main Building (Rathalla) in the year 2000. Brought back to its former glory, Main Building was also brought up to date. It is still the site for special events, but it serves as offices for Admissions, Public Relations, Financial Aid, Institutional Advancement and Alumnae. Seeing the changes to completion, Peg retired in 2001.
Peg served with distinction in the field of higher education for many years. She was a trustee of Denison, and Villanova Universities, Sarah Lawrence College as well as the College of the Holy Cross, to name a few. She also served on the Board of the Blind Relief Fund of Philadelphia and on the Finance Committee of the American Philosophical Society.
Peg passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 11, after battling a malignant brain tumor.
- Honor Degrees from King's College and St. John's University, Villanova University, Dominican University, Rosemont College, and Holy Family College
- Helen Taft Manning Award for Distinguished Service to the College
- Bryn Mawr College
- Cresset Award and Connnelly Award
- Rosemont College
- Distinguished Business Officer Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).