Brown dean to become new president of Connecticut College

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Katherine Bergeron, the dean of the college at Brown University, has been named Connecticut College's 11th president.

Bergeron, 55, whose academic background is in music and French, said that president Leo I. Higdon Jr., who is retiring at the end of the year, is leaving her in the enviable position of being able to build on the college's strong foundation.

Under Higdon's leadership since 2006, the college completed a $211 million fundraising campaign, invested $85 million in campus renewal, and constructed a new science center.

"I'm really a passionate believer in the power of the liberal arts, and Connecticut College offers one of the most powerful examples of that in the country," said Bergeron, who will start her new job on Jan. 1.

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