Corporation & Trustees

Cullen Murphy ’74

Cullen Murphy

Cullen Murphy ’74 has served on Amherst College's Board of Trustees since 2000, as an elected Alumni Trustee for six years prior to being appointed a term trustee in 2006. He was elected Chair of the Board in 2012. He is a freelance writer and editor-at-large of Vanity Fair magazine.

Murphy holds a B.A. in European studies from Amherst. Before arriving at Vanity Fair, in 2006, he was an associate editor of Change magazine (1975 to 1977), senior editor of The Wilson Quarterly (1977 to 1985) and then managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1985 to 2005). His books include Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage, with co-author William L. Rathje (2001); The Word According to Eve: Women and the Bible in Ancient Times and Our Own (1998); Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America;(2008) and, most recently, God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World (2013). 

Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85


The alumni body elected Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85 to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees, starting in 2010. He is a partner in the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions and corporate governance.

Nussbaum was a Russian major at Amherst and a summa cum laude graduate. He earned a master’s degree from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and later a law degree from the University of Chicago. He was a law clerk to Ruth Bader Ginsburg from 1991 to 1992, while she was on the U.S. Court of Appeals, and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia from 1992 to 1993. 

Hope Eighmy Pascucci ’90


Hope Eighmy Pascucci ’90 has served as a Trustee of Amherst College since 2005.  She is president of the Boston-based hedge fund Rose Grove Capital Management, LLC.

Pascucci graduated from Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Throughout the 1990s, she worked for Merrill Lynch in both New York and London. She joined Deutsche Bank in 2000 and ran their global capital markets business from London.  In 2007 she moved back to the U.S. to take on her role at Rose Grove. She was the highest-ranked woman on the Financial News list of the 100 most influential people in finance for 2006. The Hedge Fund Journal named Pascucci on of The 50 Leading Women In Hedge Funds for 2015.

Joseph F. Quinn '69

Closeup of Joseph QuinnThe alumni elected Joseph F. Quinn ’69 to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees in 2014. He has been a member of the Department of Economics at Boston College since 1974, and has filled various administrative roles at the college, including faculty athletics representative, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim provost.

Paula K. Rauch ’77


Paula Rauch ’77 has been an Amherst College Trustee since 2005. She is a consultation child psychiatrist and director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)  Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program and Director of the Family Program at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.

Christine Noyer Seaver ’81

Closeup of Christine Noyer Seaver '81Christine Noyer Seaver '81's term on the Amherst College Board of Trustees begins July 1, 2015. She started her professional career in foreign exchange sales and trading at Irving Trust Co. After receiving her MBA, she worked in a progression of industries and functional capacities in the Bay Area, including as associate development director for the San Francisco Ballet, in marketing and strategic planning for a computer start-up, and with a boutique executive search firm in Silicon Valley.

Julie Segre ’87


Julia A. “Julie” Segre ’87 was elected to the Board of Trustees by her fellow alumni in 2011. She is a senior investigator for the Human Genome Project in Bethesda, Md. As director of the Skin Microbiome Consortium and a principal investigator in the Human Microbiome Project, she leads research into the millions of microbes that live on the skin and how these microbes affect human health.

After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics from Amherst, Segre did a yearlong Watson Fellowship and went on to earn a Ph.D. in biology and genetics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. For the next four years, she did postdoctoral research in cell biology at the University of Chicago. She joined the Human Genome Project in 2000 and was given tenure and appointed senior investigator in 2007.

David Sutphen '91

David-Sutphen-150x150.jpgDavid A. Sutphen ’91 was appointed to the Amherst College Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a partner at Brunswick Group and specializes in strategic communications. He manages the Washington, D.C., office and advises Fortune 500 companies and major charitable organizations on reputational, stakeholder engagement, crisis, litigation, diversity and public affairs matters, with a particular focus on the media, retail, technology and education sectors. Prior to Brunswick, he was a senior executive at Viacom and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Shirley Tilghman

Amherst College appointed Shirley Tilghman to a six-year term on its Board of Trustees starting in 2013. She was president of Princeton University from 2001 to 2013, during which time she oversaw the hiring of more women to the faculty, extensive growth in the role of creative and performing arts on campus, multiple major initiatives in the sciences and engineering, an expansion of the undergraduate student body and the addition of four-year residential colleges, as well as the university’s $1.88 billion Aspire campaign.

Laura J. Yerkovich ’80


Laura Yerkovich ’80 arrived at Amherst from Buffalo, New York as a member of the first co-ed first-year class. She went on to become a petroleum geologist, an investment banker and, later, a homemaker. In June 2006, the alumni body elected her to a six-year term on the college’s Board of Trustees; she was appointed a term trustee in 2012.

A geology major at Amherst, she worked as a petroleum geologist in Texas and the Rocky Mountain West after graduation. She earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987, and joined the Chase Manhattan Bank global energy group where she provided financing and mergers and acquisitions advice to corporate clients. She later became a managing director in investment banking at Chase, leading a team that arranged financing for power plants, pipelines, refineries and Major League baseball parks.  

Yerkovich, who lives in Riverside, CT, has been a long-time volunteer for Amherst. She received the college’s Distinguished Service Award as an individual in 1995 and as a member of her class 10 years later.