Trinity Announces New Vice President for Communications and Marketing

Angela Paik Schaeffer Comes to Trinity from Williams College

​HARTFORD, Conn., September 14, 2016 – Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney has announced the appointment of Angela Paik Schaeffer as vice president for communications and marketing. Reporting to the president, Schaeffer, who will join Trinity in January, will be responsible for oversight and management of communications, messaging, marketing, and branding activity for the College. 

Angela Paik SchaefferSchaeffer comes to Trinity from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she currently serves as chief communications officer. In an announcement to the Trinity campus community about Schaeffer’s appointment, Berger-Sweeney wrote, “She has more than 15 years of progressive responsibility in higher education and broad and deep expertise in all aspects of communications, including those for alumni relations, development, and recruitment, as well as institutional branding, media relations, and crisis communications.” 

Berger-Sweeney noted that Schaeffer’s references highlighted her strategic thinking, collaborative style, and strong work ethic. The announcement also quoted members of the Trinity search committee, who noted that Schaeffer conveyed “her genuine interest in Hartford and the benefits of our urban setting” and that she had “already begun to think about how to partner creatively with students, faculty, alumni, and staff.”

Prior to her position at Williams, Schaeffer spent 10 years at the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, the last several as director of communications and marketing. She has taught journalism courses at University of Maryland University College, and she spent the first several years of her career as a newspaper reporter, first at The Philadelphia Inquirer and then at The (Raleigh) News & Observer and The Washington Post.

Schaeffer said, “I’m excited to partner with the Trinity community in sharing its story with the world and deeply inspired to help this wonderful college realize its aspirations.”

Schaeffer holds a B.A. from Dickinson College and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has served as a member of the Public Issues Committee of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education and the Communications Committee of the Annapolis Group.

Founded in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1823, Trinity College ( is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college with more than 2,200 students from 44 states and 63 countries. It is home to the eighth-oldest chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the United States. The faculty and alumni include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur award, Guggenheims, Rockefellers, and other national academic awards. Trinity students integrate meaningful academic and leadership experience at all levels on the College’s celebrated campus, in the capital city of Hartford, and in communities all over the world.