Sarah Bolton is the twelfth president of The College of Wooster.
Since assuming the presidency in July 2016, Bolton and her leadership team have begun a thoughtful, inclusive strategic planning process that will steward Wooster’s core strengths and commitments while charting a course forward.
Prior to coming to Wooster, Bolton served for six years as dean of the college at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., a role in which she focused on ensuring that all students thrive inside and outside the classroom. Working with colleagues across many offices at the college, she brought together teams to build programs for first-generation college students and to strengthen academic advising, academic resources, international study, and first-year residential life, as well as to improve student safety.
Bolton came to Williams as an assistant professor of physics in 1995 and was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and full professor in 2007. She served as chair of the physics department from 2007 to 2010, and won the college’s Outstanding Mentor Award for Fostering Inclusive Academic Excellence in 2009. She has advised a dozen senior theses and more than 20 student research projects.
Her research explores the properties of novel, nanostructured materials, which have features made up of only a few atomic layers. She uses lasers to measure the ways that energy moves in these quantum mechanical systems.
Bolton earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and biophysics from Brown University in 1988, a master’s degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991, and a doctorate in physics, also from Berkeley, in 1995.
Some Thoughts on What Sets Wooster Apart
President Bolton releases statement on diversity and affirmative action
“On Tuesday, the federal Education and Justice Departments revoked several sets of prior guidance regarding diversity and affirmative action. I have been asked whether these revocations will alter our commitments to strengthening diversity, equity and inclusion at Wooster. They will not. We will continue to pursue these commitments with urgency, using the approaches we’ve developed together.” Read the full statement.
President Bolton on Wooster as an international campus
“In the wake of this week’s Supreme Court decision affirming presidential authority to restrict immigration from certain countries, as well as the ongoing turmoil along our southern border, I write to affirm the immense importance of internationality at the College of Wooster, and to remind all international and immigrant members of our community that you are welcome, and deeply valued, here.” Read the full statement.
A Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The College of Wooster has long held the understanding that students’ best opportunities for learning take place when they study in a community that spans a wide range of experiences, traditions, perspectives and beliefs. That commitment is embodied in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, adopted in 2017. You can read that plan here (.pdf).