Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Position Overview

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Trinity College, a private, co-educational liberal arts institution founded in 1823 and located in Hartford, Connecticut, seeks an experienced, strategic, and visionary leader to become its new dean of admissions and financial aid.

Reporting to the vice president for student success and enrollment management with a dotted line to the president, the new dean of admissions and financial aid will be a leader and mentor in the division of Student Success and Enrollment Management. The dean will continue to build upon the college’s strong commitment to access, diversity, and inclusion and will be an external champion for Trinity College and the value of the liberal arts education it provides. The new dean will develop relationships across campus with students, faculty, and staff through strategic, student-oriented leadership and charismatic relationship building. The dean will bring and implement strategies to diversify and augment student enrollment and will help to ensure student success, engagement, and inclusion through proactive management of student financial aid. The dean will be an important member of the senior leadership team in Student Success and Enrollment Management which is comprised of an executive assistant, a special assistant to the VP and individuals leading these areas: student life, community life and standards, athletics and recreation, and career and life design.

Throughout the tenure of President Berger-Sweeney, the college has consistently met its enrollment, retention, and graduation goals. Students that enroll are prepared to succeed both academically and socially and to be engaged citizens of the Trinity College community and the world. First year to second year retention has increased over the last four years as have graduation rates and student satisfaction. To support students and families, the college financial aid budget has almost doubled over the last seven years. As part of the overall Trinity College capital campaign, the college will raise $100M to expand the opportunities for students to enroll at Trinity College. The dean will have a significant role in helping Trinity College continue to attain its goals and to be a national leader in higher education.

A complete Position Profile can be found above.

Nominations and Applications

All nominations, inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in full confidence. The Search Committee will begin a review of applications immediately and continue its work until an appointment is made. For best consideration, application materials should be received by December 3, 2021.

Applications must include:

  • Letter of interest addressing the position profile's desired experiences and attributes as well as how they would promote an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Curriculum vitae/resume; and
  • Five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the candidate.

Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (PDF or MS Word) to:

For inquiries and nominations contact:

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Plympton, / (484) 554-4542

Ms. Monica Burton, Principal, / (917) 825-2961

Trinity College is committed to being an academic community free of discrimination and prejudice and, to this end, abides by all applicable federal, state, and local laws pertaining to non-discrimination and fair employment practices. Trinity College is committed to providing equal opportunity to all faculty and administrative staff in its employment and personnel practices, and to policies and practices which assure that there will be no discrimination against any individual on the grounds of race, color, age, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. Decisions relative to appointment, employment and promotion are made on the basis of individual qualifications and merit. The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body and will undertake positive efforts to ensure that this end is achieved.

The College recognizes that the principle of non-discrimination requires the elimination of all existing discriminatory conditions, whether purposeful or inadvertent. The criteria for employment in or appointment to positions at Trinity College will not in effect or intent exhibit discrimination on any of the grounds mentioned above.

Trinity College is committed to the principle of non-discrimination in education as well as in employment. It is imperative that every member of the Trinity College community – faculty, chairpersons, administrative staff, and students – take positive and constructive action to ensure the College’s commitment to diversity.