13th President of Rosemont College, 2006 - Present
Born in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, President Hirsh was raised
in a home that strongly emphasized education - her late mother was a fourth grade
teacher. Upon entering Rosemont College in 1966, President Hirsh knew she wanted to
emulate her mother and made education the focus of her studies.
After completing her undergraduate degree in the History of Art and Studio Art from
Rosemont College, Dr. Hirsh returned to her hometown where she continued her education
at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her master degree in the History of
Art in 1971; three years later she completed her doctoral degree. That same year,
she joined the faculty of Dickinson College.
While at Dickinson, Dr. Hirsh came to hold an endowed chair as the Charles A. Dana
Professor of Art History. She served as Director of the Trout Gallery and the chair
of the Department of Art and Art History. In 1981, Dr. Hirsh was awarded the Ganoe
Award for Inspirational Teaching, and in 1991, she was awarded the Lindback Award
for Distinguished Teaching.
President Hirsh is an internationally recognized scholar of turn of the century art
in Western Europe. She has served as a visiting curator at the Montreal Museum of
Fine Arts and at the Schweizerische Institute for Kunstwissenschaft in Zurich. Over
the past 12 years, Dr. Hirsh has served as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies
in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art; she has also been visiting Scholar
at the University of Colorado, The Swiss Institute for Art History, and the Art Institute
of Chicago. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and exhibition catalogues.
In 2004, Dr. Hirsh’s fifth book, Symbolism and Modern Urban Society, was published
by Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Hirsh serves on several Boards and Committees ranging from the AICUP Committee
on Research to the Honorary Board for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. Currently
she is chair of the Board of Directors of Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium of
Higher Education and the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Colonial States Athletic
Conference. In 2013, she was honored as a Women of Distinction award recipient from
the Philadelphia Business Journal.