September 11, 2017

To the Members of the Trinity Community,
As the new academic year kicks into high gear, I want to take a moment to remind us all about the extraordinary work we accomplished as a college last year. While we no doubt remember some of the challenges we faced—both on our campus and in our world—it’s worth pausing to reflect on our successes and to express our gratitude for the dedication and great work of so many within our college community.
I invite you to read the annual report we’ve just published for 2016-17​. It was a very important and productive year for the college. We carried out a community-wide strategic planning initiative and developed a new college mission statement with input from hundreds of Trinity community members. And we underwent the intensive process by which the college earns it accreditation every 10 years from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Frankly, those are enormous accomplishments in and of themselves.
At the same time, we also welcomed and recruited some of the strongest first-year classes in the college’s history. The Class of 2020 made its presence known in wonderful ways in the classroom and across campus throughout the year, and its impact on the college helped us, in turn, recruit the amazing Class of 2021 that has just arrived. These two classes’ academic brawn and record-setting diversity enrich our community and signal a very bright future for Trinity.
It’s not just our people who make Trinity shine. Over the past year, we completed the Fields of Excellence athletics facilities, built the Crescent Center for Arts and Neuroscience, renovated the Mather Cave and bookstore, made a number of campus-wide technology upgrades, and moved forward with our plans to establish a downtown presence at Constitution Plaza.
As I look back on all we accomplished together, I feel grateful and privileged to help lead Trinity through a period of such exciting evolution. Thank you for all you do to help make Trinity an extraordinary college and community.
Joanne Berger-Sweeney
President and Trinity College Professor of Neuroscience