Katherine Bergeron became the 11th president of Connecticut College in January 2014. From her first year in office, she supported the faculty in developing a bold new venture in interdisciplinary education. The resulting vision, called Connections, asks students to integrate the work they do in courses, research, jobs, the community, and around the globe, in order to become leaders in an era of change: liberal arts for the interconnected world.
During the same period, Connecticut College launched a new strategic plan based on the new educational vision. And it received some of the largest gifts in its history, including a $20 million gift to enhance financial aid, career education and athletics; two $10 million gifts to renovate its historic Palmer Auditorium; and another $10 million gift to expand the endowment for its Academic Resource Center. Other major projects have included the renovation of the Charles E. Shain Library, the creation of the Otto and Fran Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement and the opening of the new Hale Center for Career Development.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University with master’s and doctoral degrees in music history from Cornell University, Bergeron is the author of numerous scholarly publications, including two edited collections and two prize-winning books on French music and culture. Before coming to Connecticut College, she was dean of the college at Brown University.
Bergeron is currently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC); as a member of the Board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities; and as a board member of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. She has also served on the Editorial Advisory Board of “Liberal Education” and as commissioner for the New England Commission on Higher Education.