John S. Middleton ’77

John S. Middleton ’77 started his six-year term on the Board of Trustees in 2009. He is the chairman and CEO of Double Play, Inc., the principal owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, where he chairs the partners’ committee, and is chairman and CEO of Dock Street Capital.

Middleton majored in economics at Amherst, graduating magna cum laude, then earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979.  Amherst awarded him its Medal for Eminent Service in 2004 in recognition of his many years of dedication to his alma mater.

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 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

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Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85 has served on the Board of Trustees since 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 the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia from 1992 to 1993. 

Hope Eighmy Pascucci ’90

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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.

Dwight Poler '87

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Dwight Poler ’87 began his term on 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.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Poler worked as a consultant at Bain & Co. in Boston and London. Previously, he 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 The 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.

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.

Paula K. Rauch ’77

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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

Christine Noyer Seaver

Christine 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

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ulia 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 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, studying disorders such as eczema. As well, Segre develops DNA sequence technology to track and control transmissions of hospital-acquired bacterial pathogens.

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.

Paul Smith '76

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Paul Smith ’76, P’09, joined the board of trustees in 2016, with a term beginning July 1. He chairs the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice at the law firm of Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, D.C.  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 19 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.

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.