In 1991, when President Emerson left Wheaton to become a Mellon Foundation Fellow, Hannah Goldberg was appointed Acting President by the Board of Trustees. As the Provost of the College, Goldberg was well equipped to take on the various projects and initiatives started by her predecessors.
Goldberg's term included the dedication of Haas Athletic Center (1991), which helps to support Wheaton's growing array of intercollegiate, intramural, and recreational sports programs; Gebbie hall, a residence for about 50 students; and a new book store that was housed in a restored historic building and expanded to serve the local community as well as the college.
Goldberg served as Acting President until 1992 when Dale Rogers Marshall was inaugurated as Wheaton's sixth president.
In 1998, she was awarded as an Honorary Degree Recipient.