Kim Bottomly is the former President of Wellesley College, a position she assumed on August 1, 2007. Prior to that she was the Deputy Provost for Science, Technology and Faculty Development at Yale University. At Yale, in addition to being responsible for a wide array of academic, administrative and budgetary activities, she initiated successful new programs 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 renowned scientist, President Bottomly’s research focused on the molecular and cellular changes associated with allergic and asthmatic responses. She was a member of the Immunobiology Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, and the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She was a recipient of a National Institutes of Health MERIT award. She has served as editor of the scholarly journal, Immunity, and associate editor and then section editor of the Journal of Immunology. Her memberships in professional societies include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Immunologists, and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. She is a former chair of the Committee on Status of Women of the American Association of Immunologists; former chair of the Women’s Committee of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biologists; and former member of the steering committee of Yale’s Women Faculty Forum. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Washington School of Medicine. The University of Washington in 2008 designated her as among their ‘Wondrous 100,’ one of the top 100 alumni of the past century. In 2009 President Bottomly was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of its committee studying Alternative Models for the Federal Funding of Science. She is chair of the Board of Directors of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE), and she is a member of the Olin College of Engineering President’s Council. In 2010 she was selected to present at the July 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival and to be a member of an ad hoc Working Group of the National Cancer Advisory Board to create a strategic scientific vision for the National Cancer Institute and review its past activities.