President Sarah Bolton

College President

Sarah Bolton

Sarah Bolton is the twelfth president of The College of Wooster.

Prior to assuming the Wooster presidency on July 1, 2016, 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.