Former Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley will become interim president of Rosemont College later this month.
He will replace Jayson Boyers, who led the small Catholic college in Lower Merion Township for just two years and is leaving for a new position, the college announced.
Cawley, a former Temple University and United Way executive, had been one of four finalists for the job when Boyers was hired in 2020 and withdrew from consideration for family reasons, the college said. .
“The search committee and trustees were impressed with his experience and credentials, and disappointed that he withdrew from consideration at the time…” said Maria Feeley, chair of the board. de Rosemont and Legal Director and General Counsel at Washington and Lee University. “Jim’s commitment to public service, his Catholic faith, his extensive leadership experience, his deep ties to the community, and the partnerships he has forged with prominent institutions of higher learning in Philadelphia have made him an excellent candidate to lead the college and we are delighted that he is ready to serve.”
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When asked if the college would initiate a search for a permanent replacement for Boyers, Feeley said: “The board is considering all available options.
“We have a clear vision of what we are looking for in a new leader, above all a commitment to Catholic values and an appreciation of Rosemont’s mission – in particular a deeply held belief in the impact and value of education on individuals and communities,” she said. “We are grateful that our interim president…embodies this vision.”
It was not immediately clear where Boyers was heading. Boyers began his tenure at Rosemont several months into the pandemic, coming from Cleary University, a business school in Michigan, where he had served as president.
Cawley served as Lieutenant Governor from 2011 to 2015 under then-Republican Governor Tom Corbett, then joined United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in February 2015 as CEO. He led United Way for two and a half years before joining Temple.
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At Temple, he was vice president of institutional advancement — essentially the top fundraiser, where he helped raise more than $360 million over four fiscal years and led a team of 140 employees. Last August, Cawley and several other high-level Temple administrators were replaced by new president Jason Wingard.
Cawley, a Levittown native and attorney, was formerly chief of staff to Sen. Robert M. “Tommy” Tomlinson (R., Bucks) and before that volunteered for Frank L. Rizzo’s mayoral campaign in 1987 in Philadelphia and former lieutenant governor. Mark Schweiker’s 1994 campaign. He also held other political positions, including serving on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners and as a member of the Bristol Township School District Council. He has also served on the boards of Temple, Bucks County Community College and Manor College.
A graduate of the former Bishop Egan High School in Fairless Hills, he received both his bachelor’s degree in political science and his law degree from Temple.
Cawley takes over at Rosemont, which hosts about 350 undergraduate students and 515 graduate students, on June 21.
“As a product of Catholic upbringing and a lifelong resident of the Greater Philadelphia area, I know intimately and am committed to Rosemont’s unique mission and traditions,” Cawley said in a statement. “I look forward to shaping the bright future of this legendary institution by working closely with the Board of Trustees, the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, faculty, staff, students, alumni and of the Collège Rosemont community. »