Kimberlyn Leary ’82

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Kimberlyn Leary ’82 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2016. She is an associate professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School and an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she directs the Enabling Change program. She is also the executive director of policy outreach at McLean Hospital-Partners Healthcare and a faculty affiliate at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. As a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, she served as an adviser to President Obama's White House Council on Women and Girls, developing the Advancing Equity initiative focused on improving life outcomes for women and girls of color. She completed an extension of her fellowship at the White House Office of Management and Budget in the Health Division’s public health branch, where she served as the division lead on the Flint water crisis.

Leary began her career as a clinical practitioner focused on improving access to diverse communities. Her early work on “negotiated transactions” in psychotherapy expanded to broader research on negotiation and conflict management. Leary’s global work on conflict negotiations includes studying “critical moments” in mediations to end armed conflict in Southeast Asia and researching social enterprise ventures in the Middle East. She teaches courses on leadership and conflict transformation to undergraduates at Harvard College, on advanced negotiation and mediation to senior executives at Harvard Law School and on physician-community engagement and the doctor-patient relationship at Harvard Medical School.  

Christopher S. Lehane ’90

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Christopher S. Lehane ’90 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008 and appointed a term trustee in 2014. In August, 2015 he joined Airbnb as head of global policy and public affairs. 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. He is also the co-author of Masters of Disaster, a book on crisis management, and screenwriter/co-producer of the theatrically released film "Knife Fight."

John S. Middleton ’77

John S. Middleton ’77 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009 and has been the chairman of the buildings and grounds committee since 2012.  In that capacity, he has overseen the Greenway Project from its inception.  He is the managing partner and principal owner of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Middleton majored in economics at Amherst, graduating magna cum laude, and then earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979. He and his wife, Leigh, gave Amherst’s Beneski Museum of Natural History a nearly complete skeleton of a Dryosaurus altus dinosaur, one of only two on display in the world. Among his alumni activities, Middleton was president of his class and honorary president of the college’s Society of Alumni from 2001 to 2002. He also served on the presidential search committee for President Martin. Amherst awarded Middleton its Medal for Eminent Service in 2004 in recognition of his dedication to the school.

Cullen Murphy ’74

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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 writer and the 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).  His latest book, Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make Believe, will be published in November, 2017.

Christine Noyer Seaver ’81

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Christine Noyer Seaver '81 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 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 for a boutique executive search firm in Silicon Valley.

Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85

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Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010 and appointed a term trustee in 2016.  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, a varsity swimmer, 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 the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia from 1992 to 1993. 

Dwight Poler '87

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Dwight Poler ’87 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2015. He joined Bain Capital in 1994 and was named managing director in 1999. He lives with his family in London, where he opened and manages Bain Capital’s European private equity business. He currently oversees investment of the €3.5 billion Bain Capital Europe Fund-IV.

Previously he was a consultant at Bain & Co. in Boston and London, and before that, was in the mergers and acquisitions practice at Morgan Stanley & Co., working in both New York and Tokyo.

Joseph F. Quinn '69

Closeup of Joseph Quinn Joseph F. Quinn ’69 was elected to 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.

Quinn’s research, writing and teaching focus on public policy and the economics of aging. He is the co-author of two books—Passing the Torch: The Influence of Economic Incentives on Work and Retirement (1990) and The Economics of an Aging Society (2004)—and author or co-author of about 90 journal articles, monographs and book chapters. In addition to a B.A. in economics from Amherst, he holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Paul Smith '76

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Paul Smith ’76, P’09, was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor from Practice at Georgetown Law School and Vice President for Litigation and Strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, which seeks to protect voting rights, to defend reasonable campaign finance regulation, and the enforce government ethics rules.  Before taking these positions in 2017, he practiced law at the firm of Jenner & Block LLP, where he became one of the most prominent Supreme Court advocates of his generation.  He has handled many cases involving civil rights and civil liberties, notably in the areas of free speech, voting rights and gay rights. He has argued 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the landmark gay-rights case Lawrence v. Texas and Brown v. EMA, which established the First Amendment rights of video game producers and  this year’s Gill v. Whitford partisan gerrymandering case.

A political science major at Amherst, Smith graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa before earning his law degree at Yale. He began his career as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.

David Sutphen '91

David-Sutphen-150x150.jpg David A. Sutphen ’91 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2014. He joined 2U as chief communications and engagement officer in July of 2017 overseeing the communications, impact, public affairs, events and corporate brand teams. He is a former partner at Brunswick Group where he advised 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.