Jim Cawley, Former Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, Named President of Rosemont College

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The Rosemont College Board of Trustees has named Interim President Jim Cawley as the college’s 15th President.

Cawley has served in an interim capacity since June 21, and his contract has been extended to June 30, 2028.

“Given his distinguished career and track record of public service and executive leadership experience, it is no surprise that during the last four months as Interim President, Jim has demonstrated exemplary leadership as the college concluded its centennial celebrations looking back on the college’s past 100 years and begins the new strategic planning process to ensure Rosemont’s future success,” said Maria Feeley, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

“Jim has begun cultivating strong relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, local legislators, and other community partners. He has already seen significant fundraising success, and he has ensured a seamless presidential transition as the college continues to enjoy robust enrollment, the opening of a newly renovated Mayfield Residence Hall, and the implementation of new strategic programs and initiatives aimed at enhancing the student experience.”

“I’m honored to accept the role of President of Rosemont College,” said Cawley. “During the last four months, I have had the privilege of getting to know the members of the Rosemont College community. Rosemont has a rich history and a bright future. We recently celebrated our centennial year, and now the important work begins as we chart a path forward for the next 100 years. I am looking forward to working with the entire Rosemont community on our new strategic planning process as we lay the groundwork for our future.”

From 2017-2021, Cawley served as Temple University’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, spearheading development efforts that raised more than $360 million in four fiscal years and leading a staff of 140 employees across 18 different schools, colleges, and units.

Prior to Temple, from 2015-2017, Cawley served as President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. There, he led the organization’s efforts to improve education, income, and health for the region’s most vulnerable populations; conceptualized several successful fundraising campaigns; and refocused the organization’s mission. 

In addition to his deep experience in higher education and the nonprofit sector, Cawley spent nearly two decades in public service at the state and local levels. He served as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 2011-2015 and as County Commissioner of Bucks County from 2006-2011, helping to grow Bucks County Community College into the renowned local institution it is today.

A native of Bucks County and lifelong resident of the Greater Philadelphia area, Cawley is passionate about the region and fosters close relationships with leaders in government, business, and education. 

Cawley graduated from Bishop Egan High School in Bristol Township and earned both his bachelor’s degree in political science and his J.D. from Temple University. He has also been awarded honorary degrees from Delaware Valley College and Harcum College.

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