Katherine Bergeron became the 11th president of Connecticut College on Jan. 1, 2014.
Bergeron is a passionate teacher, award-winning scholar and a talented administrator with a record of successful innovation in liberal education. Bergeron has led Connecticut College during a period of forward momentum and growth. 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. Grants and fellowships in support of faculty have grown to more than $3 million. 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 an ambitious plan to design a new liberal arts curriculum for the 21st century. The project, called reVision, is a model of integrative education: where critical problem-solving across the disciplines, practical work in the world, and a deepened commitment to equity and inclusion combine to produce a new generation of thinkers, doers, and leaders, prepared for the challenges of an ever more complex and dynamic future.
Before coming to Connecticut College, Bergeron served as Brown University’s dean of the college, the chief academic officer for undergraduate education. Trained as a music historian, she has held academic appointments at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tufts University, University of California at Berkeley, and Brown. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, and earned master’s and doctoral degrees in music history from Cornell University. She is the author and editor of numerous scholarly articles and books, including two prize-winning monographs, Decadent Enchantments (1998), and Voice Lessons (2010).
Throughout her career, Bergeron’s teaching and research have been enlivened by performance. A singer of eclectic tastes, she has performed Gregorian chant, the blues, the court music of central Java, contemporary pop music, experimental music, and French art song. Bergeron and her husband Joseph Butch Rovan, a composer and multimedia artist who chairs the music department at Brown, performed Rovan’s experimental work, “Vis-à-vis,” at the 2003 biennial symposium of Connecticut College's Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology.
She is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of "Liberal Education," the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, a member of the board of directors of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) Executive Committee.