Joanne Berger-Sweeney became the 22nd president of Trinity College in July 2014.
During Berger-Sweeney's first 18 months at Trinity, the College has realized several accomplishments. The first of these, in advance of a larger strategic planning process to come, was the development of Trinity’s working goals, which focus on strengthening campus culture, ensuring academic excellence, fostering institutional pride, and reaching financial equilibrium. Additional achievements under Berger-Sweeney’s leadership include the creation of the Bantam Network mentoring program for first-year students; expanding Trinity’s footprint to Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford and demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the city; the launch of the Campaign for Community, a campuswide initiative promoting inclusiveness and respect; the establishment of Trinity’s Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct; and the announcement of a new partnership with edX, one of the world’s premier online course platforms.
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 a Lifetime Mentoring Award from the Society for Neuroscience (2006) and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award.