Trinity College Introduces New Mission Statement

New Mission is the Foundation for the College’s Strategic Planning Process

Hartford, Connecticut, October 26, 2016 — Earlier this month, the Trinity College Board of Trustees approved a new mission statement, which reflects the evolving vision, values, and educational goals of the College.

The updated mission statement is meant to both emphasize the traditional strength of the liberal arts education at Trinity as well as what makes the College distinctive, and it serves as the anchor for Trinity’s strategic planning process.

“Trinity’s new mission statement is both inspirational and aspirational,” said President and Trinity College Professor of Neuroscience Joanne Berger-Sweeney. “This mission represents the core values that Trinity College has held for almost 200 years.  It binds us in a common purpose of learning, service, and community.”

The new mission statement is the product of a nine-month process that began with input from the trustees during their January 2016 retreat, and continued with faculty, staff, and students during on-campus focus groups in spring 2016. Tim Cresswell, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs, and Susan Masino, Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science, were charged with synthesizing the recommendations from these various groups into draft statements. These drafts were presented to the Trinity community, including the National Alumni Association Executive Board, for reflection and feedback. In all, more than 500 people provided input throughout the process.

“We had an incredible number of responses from our community,” said Cresswell. “Everyone who took the time to read the draft statements and answer the surveys offered thoughtful feedback that informed our final statement.”

“The mission statement will be our North Star for the College throughout our strategic planning process,” said Berger-Sweeney.

In early 2016, Berger-Sweeney announced the beginning of a strategic planning process, which is being guided by the Bicentennial Strategic Planning Commission, to shepherd Trinity toward its 200th anniversary in 2023. 

Trinity College’s New Mission Statement


Engage. Connect. Transform.
As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.

View the full mission statement here.
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