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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.

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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.

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She previously held teaching and administrative positions at Wellesley College.

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