Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Ph.D. became Trinity's 22nd president on July 1, 2014.
An accomplished teacher, scholar, neuroscientist, and administrator, Berger-Sweeney is the first African American and first woman president of Trinity.
President Berger-Sweeney was selected by Trinity’s Board of Trustees to chart a course toward the College’s 200th anniversary in 2023, one that advances the future of the liberal arts education that has been a hallmark of Trinity’s distinguished history and raises the visibility of the College’s many deep-rooted strengths among all its constituencies.
Berger-Sweeney came to Trinity from Tufts University where she served as the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to Tufts, Berger-Sweeney was at Wellesley College, where she served for 19 years as a faculty member and associate dean. She received her undergraduate degree in psychobiology from Wellesley College, an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in neurotoxicology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Health (INSERM) in Paris, France.
Berger-Sweeney is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award and a Lifetime Mentoring Award from the Society for Neuroscience (2006). She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and chairs the professional development committee of the Society for Neuroscience.