The Augustinian values and mission had such an impact on Caitlyn Bosworth while she was an undergraduate student at Villanova University, it should come as no surprise she was drawn to working at Merrimack College.
“(The Augustinian traditions) were such a huge part of my life at Villanova and I want to help provide today’s students that same experience,” said Bosworth. “When you work at a mission-driven organization, there is a deeper purpose to your work. ”
Bosworth, a Northeastern Law alumna, began working at Merrimack College in 2019 as director of compliance and Title IX coordinator in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). Over the past four years, she has proven to be a valuable asset working on the College’s litigation, contracts, policies and Title IX compliance. As such, Merrimack College President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D., named Bosworth vice president and general counsel effective Sept. 25, giving her oversight of the OGC.
“Caitlyn is an exceptional lawyer and through her leadership of the Office of the General Counsel she will play a critical role in helping Merrimack achieve its aspirations as laid out in the Agenda for the Future to become a leading Catholic research university,” President Hopey said. “I look forward to continuing to work with her to ensure the College is strongly positioned for greater success.”
Additionally, Katlyn (Katie) Ryan was promoted to associate general counsel.
“I am grateful to President Hopey for his support and this opportunity,” Bosworth said. “We want the OGC to continue to be a strategic partner for everyone at Merrimack. We want to be the place where you come and work with us to accomplish your goals while taking into consideration the legal risk and impact on the College.”
Much of Bosworth’s work has evolved during her time at Merrimack in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For a period of time, she said she was focused on navigating the pandemic from a regulatory perspective. Now, she and Ryan have shifted to be more strategically focused and, from a legal perspective, take Merrimack College to where it needs to be.
They also hope to soon provide more compliance training and education opportunities for the Merrimack community.
“I never saw myself working in private practice long term,” Bosworth said. “I went to law school to do something like this. I’m proud to work here. There is something special happening here and it is wonderful to be a part of it.”