Trinity College names African American woman as new president

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Trinity College has named Joanne Berger-Sweeney, a Tufts University dean, as its 22nd president and the first African American and first woman in that post.

"Trinity is a forward-looking institution that excels in liberal arts and sciences, and both are areas of excellence for Dr. Berger-Sweeney, who rose to the top of our highly competitive candidate pool," said Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh, who led the search committee and will be the next chairwoman of Trinity's board of trustees. "She impressed us with her strong academic credentials, curricular innovations, collaborative nature and enthusiasm for the Hartford community."

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