Tufts University dean named new president of Trinity in Hartford

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, dean of arts and sciences at Tufts University, has been named president of Trinity College.

Berger-Sweeney will be the first African-American and first woman to lead the Hartford college. She will succeed James F. Jones Jr., who retired after 10 years in the post.

Trinity said on Thursday that Berger-Sweeney is uniquely suited to bolster Trinity’s commitment to the “value and delivery of an excellent liberal arts education.”


“Dr. Berger-Sweeney has devoted her career to the education of students who are smart, eager to work with faculty, and ready to engage in many and varied ways across campus life — with this experience, she is a natural fit for Trinity and Trinity for her,” said Paul E. Raether, chairman of Trinity’s board of trustees, in a statement.

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Berger-Sweeney said she was honored and humbled to be joining the Trinity community.

“I have felt at home on this campus since my first visit,” she said in a statement. “And with the strong alumni and alumnae support base, I look forward to the successes the faculty, staff, students and I will achieve together.”

Berger-Sweeney, who holds a doctorate in neurotoxicology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, has served as dean of Tufts’ School of Arts and Sciences since 2010.

She previously held teaching and administrative positions at Wellesley College.