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April 15, 2024

Trinity College President Berger-Sweeney announces retirement plans

Contributed Joanne Berger-Sweeney.

One of Hartford’s top college leaders has set a retirement date. 

Joanne Berger-Sweeney on Monday announced she will retire from Trinity College on June 30, 2025, after leading the Hartford-based higher-education institution for 11 years. 

She began her tenure as Trinity College’s 22nd president on Oct. 26, 2014. The school announced Monday it will immediately begin a search for Berger-Sweeney’s replacement. 

Berger-Sweeney is the first African-American and first woman to serve as president of the liberal arts college since it was founded in 1823. 

According to the school, she has been a champion of a “liberal arts education, improving campus equity and diversity, fostering community and global engagement, connecting with the school’s proud alumni, and preparing students to lead bold and transformative lives.”
Throughout her tenure, Berger-Sweeney has served on many boards in the Hartford region and beyond, including Hartford HealthCare, where she serves as the board chair; the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, for which she is the past chair; and the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education; and she was appointed to the board of the Capital Region Development Authority by former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. 

Before coming to Trinity, Berger-Sweeney served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University.

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