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People Watch: Katherine Bergeron named president of Connecticut College

Kim Wilcox has become the ninth chancellor of the University of California, Riverside
University Business, October 2013
Katherine Bergeron, currently the dean of Brown University, moves to Connecticut College on Jan. 1.
Katherine Bergeron, currently the dean of Brown University, moves to Connecticut College on Jan. 1.

The Connecticut College Board of Trustees has selected Katherine Bergeron, currently the dean of Brown University, as the 11th president of the college. She will take office Jan. 1, succeeding Leo I. Higdon Jr., who will retire in December after seven years there.

At Brown, Bergeron strengthened academic/career advising and implemented new programs in community service, science education, and internationalization. Bergeron said she was attracted to Connecticut College’s establishment in 1911 to provide education for women who were excluded elsewhere, its transition to coeducation in 1969, and its creation in the 1990s of interdisciplinary academic centers.

Kim Wilcox has become the ninth chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, replacing Timothy White, who left the post in 2012 to become president of the California State University system. Wilcox was formerly Michigan State University’s provost.

Harrison College in Columbus, Ohio has a new president, Lenee’ Pezzano, who previously led the industry strategies sector of Columbus State Community College’s Center for Workforce Development.

Gallaudet University (Fla.) has appointed alumna Genie Gertz dean of the college of arts and sciences. She was formerly dean of the deaf studies division at Ohlone College (Calif.).

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