19th President, 2011-2022

President Biddy Martin

Amherst is a beautiful liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts, dedicated to the best possible education for a talented and diverse student body. Our faculty combine their commitment to teaching with cutting-edge research and scholarship. They involve students in the work of inquiry and discovery.

Intellectual life at Amherst is broad and deep; it is enlivening, as are the opportunities for a wide range of extra-curricular activities that engage students’ many talents and interests. It is a friendly and creative place, combining a strong sense of community with openness—to people, ideas, and differences.

—Biddy Martin


Biddy Martin handing out a diploma at an Amherst College commencement ceremony

Amherst Magazine Interviews

Read Amherst magazine interviews with Biddy Martin, at the beginning and end of her tenure as Amherst’s 19th president. 

Biddy Martin holding an old book and speaking at the Amherst College Bicentennial celebration

The Student: A Presidential Exit Interview

The Student interviewed Biddy Martin in April 2022 to discuss her life of learning and the legacy of her tenure at the College.