Shirley Tilghman

Shirley Tilghman was appointed to the Board of Trustees 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 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006 and appointed a term trustee in 2012. She 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.

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.