Katherine Bergeron is the 11th president of Connecticut College. A passionate advocate for the liberal arts, Bergeron is leading Connecticut College through a period of positive momentum and change. The College’s endowment now stands at the highest level in the institution’s history. The Charles E. Shain Library has undergone a $10 million renovation to support new forms of collaborative teaching, learning, and research. Forbes named Connecticut College a top school for entrepreneurship. And the Princeton Review ranked Connecticut College among the top 20 in North America for career preparation — the only liberal arts college in New England to achieve this recognition.
From the first year of her presidency, Bergeron has supported the development of the curriculum at Connecticut College through a bold new venture in integrative education. The resulting vision, called Connections, requires all students to make deeper linkages between the work they do in courses, in jobs, and in their lives both on campus and in the world, in order to prepare them for leadership in an era of change: liberal arts for the connected world.
Before coming to Connecticut College, Bergeron was dean of the college at Brown University. She has held academic appointments at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tufts University, University of California at Berkeley, and Brown. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, Bergeron earned master’s and doctoral degrees in music history from Cornell University, and is the author and editor of numerous scholarly articles and books, including two prize-winning monographs on French music and culture.
Bergeron enjoys singing and has performed on campus with students and with her husband Joseph Butch Rovan, a composer and multimedia artist who chairs the music department at Brown.
She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of "Liberal Education," the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, as well as on the board of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and on the executive committee of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges.