June 8, 2023

Dear Members of the Connecticut College Community,

It is such an honor to be named interim president of Connecticut College.  I want to thank the Board of Trustees for its confidence in me and its commitment to Conn’s future.

Since I joined the Board in 2019, the faculty, staff, students, administrators and alumni have shown me the resolve, the persistence and the spirit that are needed for a great college to confront whatever comes before it.

As a steward of this institution, I believe we have a tremendous opportunity at hand, particularly in executing our strategic plan, Building on Strength, which will guide me during my role as interim president. This role requires considerable listening and dialogue as well as a willingness to engage ideas and aspirations of everyone at Conn. I offer a deep commitment to this process as well as respect for the work done by everyone across our community. And I honor the responsibility and our commitment to the education of our students. I also want to thank President Bergeron for her commitment, service and accomplishments over the last decade.

Phyllis and I look forward to being on campus and to fostering a spirit of support and collaboration. We share your dedication to creating a dynamic, inclusive environment that drives Connecticut College’s bright future. We are eager to work with you, to learn from you and to prepare for the next era of excellence. See you soon on campus.


Leslie Wong

Dr. Les Wong
Interim President, Connecticut College

Katherine Bergeron