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Updated: April 20, 2020 / 2020 Power 50

28: Joanne Berger-Sweeney

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President, Trinity College

Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney has been approaching her leadership role with the experimental mindset of a scientist.

It makes sense since she’s a trained neurophysiologist who’s contributed to more than 60 scientific publications.

As colleges and universities nationwide face declining enrollment, and some public skepticism about the value of skills taught at liberal-arts colleges like Trinity, Berger-Sweeney is overseeing a slew of new and innovative programs.

The Trinity-Infosys Applied Learning Initiative Berger-Sweeney began last year with tech giant Infosys provides training to new Infosys employees who are starting out as entry-level business analysts. The program incorporates elements of liberal arts along with tech training.

Under Berger-Sweeney, Trinity also introduced an urban planning graduate program and a new downtown Hartford campus, which is home to an innovation lab and other programs.

In March, Berger-Sweeney adopted remote learning for the rest of the spring semester in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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