Katherine Bergeron became the 11th president of Connecticut College on Jan. 1, 2014. From her first year in office, she has supported the development of 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, in the community, and around the globe, in order to prepare them for leadership in an era of change: liberal arts for the interconnected world.
During Bergeron's tenure, Connecticut College received the largest gift in its history to support financial aid, career education, and athletics. A $10 million renovation transformed the Charles E. Shain Library into a vibrant, modern space for teaching and learning. With the completion of an ambitious strategic plan as well as a new master plan for the campus, the College opened the Otto and Fran Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement. And it received leadership gifts of $20 million—a $10 million grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation and a $10 million gift from Nancy Marshall Athey ’72 and Preston Athey–that will support the renovation of the venerable Palmer Auditorium into a new and revitalized center for performance and creative research.
Before coming to Connecticut College, Bergeron was dean of the college at Brown University. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, Bergeron earned master’s and doctoral degrees in music history from Cornell University, and has completed numerous scholarly publications, including two prize-winning books on French music and culture.
She currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of “Liberal Education,” the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities; on the Executive Committee of the Council of Independent Colleges; on the Board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities; as a commissioner for the New England Commission on Higher Education; and on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.