The newest college trustees are from the classes of ’69 and ’91. Joseph F. Quinn ’69 is a professor of economics at Boston College, where he’s served in several administrative positions, including as department chair, faculty athletics representative, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim provost.
Quinn served on President Clinton’s Advisory Council on Social Security and is the co-author of two books and numerous articles, most of which are about retirement behavior and the economics of an aging society. He was on the cross-country and lacrosse teams at Amherst and was a member of Theta Delta Chi. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in economics at MIT. An active alumnus, he has served in many roles, including as chair of the executive committee of the alumni council and as a member of the 2010-11 presidential search committee.
David Sutphen ’91 is a partner at Brunswick Group and specializes in strategic communications. He manages the Washington, D.C., office and advises Fortune 500 companies, including Nike and Microsoft, as well as major charitable organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Prior to Brunswick, he was a senior executive at Viacom and the Recording Industry Association of America. After attending Michigan Law School, he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for 3rd Circuit, practiced law at Covington & Burling and then moved into politics, serving as chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. and general counsel to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. A former varsity player at Amherst, Sutphen is secretary of the board of the U.S. Soccer Foundation—the official charity of U.S. Soccer—and is active on numerous other nonprofit boards.
The Amherst board of trustees consists of President Biddy Martin, 14 term trustees chosen by the board members and six alumni trustees elected by the alumni body. Quinn was elected by alumni; Sutphen was chosen by the board.