The Connecticut College Board of Trustees voted August 20 to elect Katherine Bergeron, currently dean of the college at Brown University, the 11th president of Connecticut College. She will take office January 1, 2014.
A native of Old Lyme, the new president has deep roots in eastern Connecticut and longtime ties to Connecticut College. She graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School in 1976. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in music. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in musicology at Cornell University.
Bergeron will succeed Leo I. Higdon Jr., who last year announced his plan to retire in December 2013 after seven years as president. Recognizing the successful tenure of President Higdon, Pamela D. Zilly, chair of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Committee said “Connecticut College has never been stronger than it is today. I look forward to working with Katherine Bergeron to build on our achievements as we move further into our second century.”