Katherine Bergeron,  the 11th president of Connecticut College
Katherine Bergeron, the 11th president of Connecticut College

To the Campus Community,

I am delighted to announce that today the Board of Trustees elected Katherine Bergeron, a distinguished scholar and skilled administrator, to become the 11th president of Connecticut College. She will take office Jan. 1, 2014, following President Higdon’s retirement.

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‌Katherine is currently dean of the college and professor of music at Brown University. As dean, she has been Brown’s chief academic officer for undergraduate education since 2006 and has established an impressive record of creative and effective innovation. She is an inspiring leader with a tremendous ability to connect ideas and convert them into action.

Katherine earned her Bachelor of Arts in music at Wesleyan University, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees in musicology from Cornell University. Before joining the faculty at Brown in 2004, she taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Tufts University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She is a gifted musician who has written or edited four books and published numerous papers and articles. Her scholarly work has been enlivened by performance, including a performance here on campus at the 2003 biennial symposium of our Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology. She is married to Joseph Butch Rovan, a performer, composer and media artist; Butch is currently professor and chair of the music department at Brown.

It has been a pleasure to get to know Katherine through the presidential search process. In every aspect of her life and work, she exemplifies the creativity and intellectual breadth and depth fostered by liberal arts education. She will be a compelling and articulate champion of Connecticut College’s unique approach to residential education in the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences. I look forward to working with her as she builds on the many successes of President Higdon’s tenure and takes our College to a new level of achievement in its second century.

Katherine’s selection is the culmination of a thoughtful and thorough seven-month search. The search committee has worked diligently, first to gather input and ideas from the extended College community, and then to review and assess candidates. In Katherine, we have found a president-elect whose scholarship, dedication to students and learning, commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and personal qualities of integrity, caring and passion match the values and priorities of our College community. It has been an honor to lead this process, and I am grateful to all the committee members – trustees, faculty, staff and students – for their hard work and commitment.

For those of you who have already returned to campus, I am pleased to invite you to meet Katherine and Butch tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 21) at an informal reception in Shain Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

On Sept. 19, after the academic year is underway, we will introduce Katherine in a more formal campus event and, later in the year, at off-campus events for alumni and parents. Details of these events will follow. 

In the meantime, I encourage you to read the full announcement of Katherine’s appointment and to join me in thanking the search committee for their service.


Pamela D. Zilly ’75
Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee