Sarah R. Bolton


Sarah Bolton is the 12th president of The College of Wooster and a professor of physics.

Bolton came to Wooster in July 2016 and led the final two years of the record-setting $190 million Wooster’s Promise comprehensive campaign, which resulted in 71 new scholarships, three new endowed professorships, 34 new endowed funds to support faculty, student research, and academic departments, and the creation of 10 endowed funds to support APEX, the College’s integrated center for student academic and career advising, planning and experiential learning.

Prior to joining Wooster, Bolton served for six years as Dean of the College at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., overseeing many aspects of student life, including building build programs for first-generation college students, strengthening academic advising, academic resources, international study, first-year residential life, and student safety. She chaired the Faculty Steering Committee and was a model for women in science.

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.

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