Senior Administration

Michael A. Elliott, President of the College.  A.B. (1992) Amherst College; M.A. (1993), M.Phil (1995), Ph.D. (1998) Columbia University. 

Liz Agosto, Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students.  A.B. (2001) Dartmouth College; M.A. (2005) Fordham University.  

David Breen, Interim Chief of Campus Operations.

Betsy Cannon Smith, Chief Advancement Officer.  A.B. (1984) Amherst College.

Thomas J. Dwyer, Interim Chief Financial Officer.  B.A. (1995) Pomona College; MBA (2001) Harvard Business School.

Catherine Epstein, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Henry Steele Commager Professor of History.  A.B. (1985) Brown University; M.Sc. (1987) London School of Economics; Ph.D. (1998) Harvard University; A.M. (hon. 2012) Amherst College.

Sandy Genelius, Chief Communications Officer.  B.A. (2009) New York University.

David L. Hamilton, Chief Information Officer.  B.A. (1991) College of Wooster.

Matthew L. McGann, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.  B.S. (2001) Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.Ed. (2012) Northeastern University; Ed.D. (2017) Northeastern University.

Kathleen Pertzborn, Interim Chief of Staff.  B.A. and M.A., University of Wisconsin.

Lisa Rutherford, Chief Policy Officer and General Counsel.  B.A. (1989) Hamline University; J.D. (1993) University of Wisconsin Law School at Madison.

Kate Salop, Chief Strategy Officer.  B.A. (1994) Wellesley College; M.A. ABD (2000) Boston University.

Angie Tissi-Gassoway, Interim Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer.  B.S. (2008) and MPH (2010) Oregon State University; M.Ed. (2015) University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 


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