By Emily Gold Boutilier
[Administration] President Biddy Martin has added three new members to her senior staff.
Kevin Weinman is Amherst’s first chief financial officer. He was previously assistant vice president of finance at Dartmouth College.
Weinman received an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina and an M.A. in history from the University of Colorado. He is nearing completion of his doctoral dissertation in history from the University of New Hampshire. He has held accounting and financial management positions at Arthur Andersen, Agilent Technologies, Deluxe Corp. and Western Union.
“Kevin’s creativity and thoughtfulness, along with his expertise in financial management and strategic planning, will be of critical importance to us,” says Martin.
The search committee was “very impressed with how he viewed his role in finance as being in service of others to help them achieve their goals, while also thinking about meeting the college’s financial needs,” says its chairwoman, Suzanne Coffey, the college’s athletic director.
James A. Larimore, former deputy director for student success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a former dean at Dartmouth, Stanford and Swarthmore, is the new dean of students.
Larimore earned an A.M. in higher education from Stanford, where he has also completed all but his dissertation in higher education administration and policy analysis.
Martin says he “will enhance our efforts to create a supportive, fun and intellectually stimulating environment” for students.
Gail Holt is the new dean of financial aid. She came to Amherst from Mount Holyoke and is past president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Tom Parker, Amherst’s dean of admission and financial aid, describes her as “a rising star in the profession.” She has an “unbending commitment to need-blind admission and access,” he says, and “a warmth that I think will make her very popular.”