Corporation & Trustees

Ted W. Beneski '78

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Ted Beneski '78 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Insight Equity Holdings LLC.

Insight Equity currently manages three buyout equity funds and a mezzanine debt fund. Insight’s total capital under management is approximately $1.4B. Its institutional investors consist primarily of insurance companies, academic endowments, foundations, state investment funds and pooled funds.

Beneski is currently chairman of the board at the following Insight Equity portfolio companies: Emerge Energy Services, Direct Fuels, Hirschfeld Industries, Superior Silica Sands, Berry Family Nurseries, Versatile Processing Group, A.P. Plasman, Flanders Corporation, and New Star Metals.

Rafael Campo ’87

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Dr. Rafael Campo '87 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012. He is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He graduated from Amherst magna cum laude in both neuroscience and English and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He directs the Office of Multicultural Affairs at BIDMC and was the inaugural faculty director of the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Humanism in Medicine Program in the BIDMC Internal Medicine Residency Program. He also serves on the faculty of the creative writing M.F.A. program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. He has also held appointments as Fanny Hurst Visiting Writer at Brandeis University and as scholar-in-residence at the Stanford Institute for the Creative Arts. 

Walter Donovan ’85

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Walter Donovan ’85, appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2011, is the chief investment officer and senior managing director of Putnam Investments in Boston.

Donovan graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and then double-majored in history and political science, and also played football, at Amherst. He began his finance career as a municipal bond trader and underwriter for the investment bank now known as Salomon Brothers before he moved on to Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, where he was a director on the corporate debt trading desk. Starting in 1995, he held a series of important positions at Fidelity Investments, ultimately becoming president of its Equity Division in 2007. He joined Putnam as CIO two years later.

Patrick Fitzgerald '82

Patrick Fitzgerald '82 was elected by his fellow alumni to serve a six-year term on the Board of Trustees starting in 2013. He is a partner in the Chicago office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates.

Susannah Grant '84

Black-and-white closeup of Susannah Grant '84Susannah Grant ’84 joined the Board of Trustees in 2015, with a term beginning July 1. She is a screenwriter, director and producer. She received Academy Award, Writers Guild and BAFTA nominations for best original screenplay for Erin Brockovich (2000).

Douglas C. Grissom ’89

Closeup of Douglas C. Grissom '89Douglas C. Grissom ’89 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015, with a term beginning July 1. He works at Madison Dearborn Partners as a managing director on the Business and Government Services team, focusing primarily on software and software-enabled services.

Arthur Koenig '66

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Arthur Koenig ’66 graduated from Amherst cum laude in political science and is involved in various philanthropic activities focused on education.

He supports the Koenig Scholars program at Amherst, which brings students from Africa and Latin America to the college, as well as fellowships at Human Rights Watch, with the goal of training fellows for senior research/advocacy  positions at HRW and similar organizations. He also supports Educate!, an educational and mentoring program in Uganda, and ARTLINK, a community action and education program in Baltimore.

Simon Krinsky ’96

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Simon Krinsky '96 began his term on the college's Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a managing director and the director of portfolio management at Hall Capital Partners LLC, an independent investment advisor that manages multi-asset class investment portfolios. Krinsky serves on the firm's executive committee and investment review committee. He joined Hall Capital in San Francisco in 2002, later transferring to New York. He was promoted to managing director in 2006 and into his current role as director of portfolio management in 2013.

Christopher S. Lehane ’90

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The alumni of Amherst College elected Christopher S. Lehane ’90 to a six-year term on the college’s Board of Trustees starting in 2008. He is a founding partner of the San Francisco-based public relations firm Fabiani and Lehane and has advised corporations, entertainers, professional athletes and politicians in finances, communications, government affairs and the law. He has also worked on several political campaigns, including the U.S. Presidential campaigns in 1992 and 2000. Between these two campaigns, he was special assistant counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1997 and then press secretary to Vice President Al Gore from 1997 to 2000.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in history from Amherst, Lehane holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

John S. Middleton ’77

John S. Middleton ’77 started his six-year term on the Board of Trustees in 2009. He is the chairman and CEO of Double Play, Inc., the principal owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, where he chairs the partners’ committee, and is chairman and CEO of Dock Street Capital.

Middleton majored in economics at Amherst, graduating magna cum laude, then earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979.  Amherst awarded him its Medal for Eminent Service in 2004 in recognition of his many years of dedication to his alma mater.

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