Jan. 31, 2017
Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Parents,
The magnitude of developments on the national front can make it difficult to focus on other matters. But it is important, perhaps more important than ever, that we also advance the work of our institutions and do what’s necessary to keep them strong. I am writing today about one particular aspect of our College life—the role of athletics, an area that was studied by a special committee that completed its work at the end of this past academic year. I write to share their report. The committee, which I commissioned, was co-chaired by Shirley Tilghman, Amherst trustee and president emerita of Princeton University, and Patrick Williamson, Edward H. Harkness Professor of Biology. The committee included several students, two additional faculty members, a coach, a trustee who was a varsity athlete at Amherst, and the dean of students.