Joanne Berger-Sweeney First Black Female President at Trinity College
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

On Tuesday, March 25, the Trinity College Board of Trustees elected Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Ph.D., its 22nd president, making her the first African American and female to hold the post in the institution’s more than 190-year history. A leading scholar, neuroscientist and administrator, Berger-Sweeney will transition into the position from her current role as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

“We are confident that Joanne Berger-Sweeney is the right leader for Trinity. She is a world-class educator and scientist, who during her career has run a lab committed to Alzheimer’s research,” Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh, chair of the school’s presidential search committee, said in a statement. “As dean of Tufts’ School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Berger-Sweeney is an accomplished administrator who knows the NESCAC well, manages a $311 million annual budget, and oversees a school of 5,000 students and a 385-member faculty. She is a collaborative innovator with a student-centric focus. She values our position in Hartford, recognizing it will be a key element in defining our future. ”

Berger-Sweeney brings more than a decade of educational and administrative experience to the post, having served as an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Allene Lummis Russell Professor in Neuroscience at Wellesley College. A graduate of Wellesley, she also holds an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in neurotoxicology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Health (INSERM) in Paris, France.

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Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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