Thursday, August 22, 2013

Katherine Bergeron, musicologist,
named President of Connecticut College

Connecticut College
Music historian Katherine Bergeron has been named 11th president of Connecticut College in New London, it was announced this week. Bergeron, a native of Old Lyme, nearby, will take office in January 2014. Until then she will continue as Dean of the College at Brown University, where she has been since 2004. Prior to her appointment at Brown she was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University (Middletown) and  holds the MA and PhD degrees from Cornell.
Bergeron's book, Voice Lessons: French Mélodie in the Belle Epoque (Oxford UP, 2010) won the prestigious Otto Kinkeldey prize in 2011. (Otto Kinkeldey, 1878–1966, held the first chair in musicology at a American university, at Cornell, 1930–46; was a charter member of the American Musicological Society Society; and served as its president, 1935–36 and 1941–42.)
Her colleagues in musicology salute President-designate Bergeron and wish her well. We note that she joins at least two other musicologists who have served as college presidents (Leon Botstein, president of Bard College; and Don M. Randel, past president of the University of Chicago, 2000–05, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2006–13)—and dozens who serve or have served American arts and letters as academic deans.

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