September 13, 2021
By now you will have seen President Martin’s announcement of her decision made over the summer that this academic year, her 11th as President of Amherst College, will be her final year in the role. The Board has accepted Biddy’s decision most reluctantly, with immeasurable gratitude for her inspired service to Amherst as our 19th President.
Over the past decade, Amherst has prospered in astonishing ways – simply not possible without Biddy’s gifted leadership, compassionate vision and unflagging commitment to Amherst’s mission and values. More Amherst College students have graduated during Biddy’s presidency than under any of her predecessors. She has supported the hiring of more faculty, likely enjoyed more student performances and sporting events (including five national championships!), overseen the completion of our largest building projects, raised more financial support for the College and beautified our campus with the Greenway not imagined even by Frederick Law Olmsted. The College is financially strong, our endowment has grown to record levels, with exceptional performance, and Biddy has modernized our administrative functions while maintaining tight fiscal discipline. In the throes of an epic pandemic, Biddy has kept our community safe, yet active and engaged. President Martin’s legacy reflects both extraordinary growth and exceptional care.