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The inauguration of H. Kim Bottomly as Wellesley College’s 13th president was held on Friday, May 9, 2008. The festivities began on the evening of Thursday, May 8, and continued with special events throughout the day on Friday.

Inaugural greetings and President Bottomly's inaugural address are available at the "Inauguration Speeches" link (left).

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Kim Bottomly
About President Bottomly
Kim Bottomly, a renowned immunobiologist and former deputy provost at Yale University, is the 13th president of Wellesley College, a position she assumed on August 1, 2007.

A Montana native, President Bottomly graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in zoology and earned her doctorate in biological structure from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1980, she did postdoctoral work in immunology at the National Institutes of Health.

In her role as deputy provost for science, technology and faculty development at Yale, President Bottomly initiated and oversaw efforts to enhance faculty career development and was instrumental in Yale’s efforts to recruit and retain women in the sciences and underrepresented minorities in all fields.

A lifelong scientist and educator, her research has focused on the molecular and cellular factors that influence the initiation of immune responses, i.e., how people respond to allergens and why inhaled allergens lead to lung injury.

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