Corporation & Trustees

Danielle S. Allen

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mherst College appointed Danielle S. Allen to its Board of Trustees in 2006. She is currently the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. From 1996 to 2007, she was on the faculty of the University of Chicago, where she served as dean of the division of humanities from 2004 to 2007. She has also taught at Tufts, Suffolk and Cambridge Universities.

A scholar of classical Greek literature and a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology and the history of political thought, Allen is the author of the books The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010) and A Course in Human Events (forthcoming). She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (known as the “Genius Award”) in 2002.

Ted W. Beneski

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Ted Beneski 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 two buyout equity funds and a mezzanine debt fund. Insight’s total capital under management is approximately $800M. Its institutional investors consist primarily of academic endowments, foundations, state investment funds and pooled funds.

Beneski is currently chairman of the board at the following Insight Equity portfolio companies: Direct Fuels, Vision-Ease Lens, Hirschfeld Industries, Aviation Investment Holdings, Atwood Mobile Products, Superior Silica Sands, Meadow Valley, Berry Family Nurseries, Versatile Processing Group, A.P. Plasman and Flanders Corporation.

Rafael Campo ’87

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Dr. Rafael Campo 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. 

Wei Sun Christianson ’85

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Wei Sun Christianson ’85 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2010. She was the first student from mainland China admitted to Amherst, and she is currently managing director and China CEO of Morgan Stanley, where she is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s China business.

Christianson graduated from Amherst cum laude with a degree in political science and went on to earn a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1989. She practiced law in New York, specializing in U.S. securities transactions, before relocating to Hong Kong in the early 1990s to become associate director of the corporate finance department at Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. She was a member of Morgan Stanley's Management Committee from 1998 to 2002, then was managing director and chairman of China for Citigroup Global Markets until 2005, after which she returned to Morgan Stanley.

Brian J. Conway ’80

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Brian J. Conway ’80 has been an Amherst College Trustee since 2002. He is a Managing Director at TA Associates, a private equity firm managing $16 billion of committed capital, where he is head of the Technology Group in the firm’s Boston office and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Conway double-majored in economics and English at Amherst and graduated magna cum laude. He earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University in 1984.

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’s fellow alumni elected him to 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.

Howard Gardner

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Howard Gardner is currently serving a six-year term on the Amherst College Board of Trustees. He is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also chair of the steering committee for Project Zero, an educational research group. He is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, which challenges the idea that there is only one form of human intelligence that can be adequately assessed by standard psychometric instruments.

Gardner earned both his A.B. in social relations and doctorate in developmental psychology from Harvard.

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.

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.

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