Corporation & Trustees

Jide J. Zeitlin ’85

Jide Zeitlin

Jide J. Zeitlin ’85 has served on Amherst College’s Board of Trustees since 1993, as an elected Alumni trustee for six years prior to being appointed a term trustee in 1999. He was elected chair of the board in 2005. His activities on the board have included leading the Budget and Finance Committee as well as serving on Presidential Search Committees in 2002-3 and 2010-11. He was also a member of the college’s Advisory Budget Committee, formed in 2009 in response to the economic downturn.

Zeitlin is a private investor via the Keffi Group, an organization he founded in 2006 to invest in wireless infrastructure, life sciences, and financial services in India, Israel and West Africa, respectively. Prior to founding the Keffi Group, Zeitlin was a senior executive at Goldman Sachs, where he spent 20 years.

Joseph E. Stiglitz ’64

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Joseph E. Stiglitz ’64 joined the Amherst College Board of Trustees in 2000 and is currently serving his second six-year term. He is a University Professor at Columbia and one of the most prominent economists in the world today, having won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001.

Stiglitz double-majored in economics and mathematics at Amherst and went on to earn his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and master's degrees at Cambridge and Yale; Amherst awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1974. He has been chair of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors, a senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He taught at Princeton and then Stanford before joining the faculty of Columbia in 2001. At Columbia, he is co-chair of the Committee on Global Thought and is a founder and co-president of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. He is also president-elect of the International Economic Association, co-chair of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress and chair of the Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System.

 

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