Presidential Search Committee

Jide J. Zeitlin ’85, chair, is a private investor with interests in telecommunications infrastructure, life sciences and financial services. He has been a member of the Amherst College Board of Trustees since 1993, serving as chair since 2005.

Isaac Cameron ’11 is a senior pursuing a double major in economics and Black studies. He is a member of the Amherst debate team and has committed to work at Next Street Financial, a merchant bank dedicated to the economic development of small inner-city businesses, following his graduation.

Suzanne R. Coffey P'04 currently serves as the director of athletics. She is in her fifth year at Amherst and 20th year as a director of athletics in the NESCAC.

William E. Ford ’83 is CEO of General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. He has been a member of the Amherst College Board of Trustees since 2001.

Stephen A. George is the Manwell Family Professor in Life Sciences and chair of the Neuroscience Program. He has been a member of Amherst’s Biology Department and Neuroscience Program since 1973.

Samia Hesni ’11 is majoring in law, jurisprudence and social thought. She sings in the Amherst College Concert Choir and has served as senator for the Amherst Association of Students.

John S. Middleton ’77 has spent his career heading his family’s businesses, which have included McIntosh Inns, Bradford Holdings and Double Play, Inc., which is one of the limited partners of the Philadelphia stake in the Phillies. He has been a member of the Amherst College Board of Trustees since 2009.

Cullen Murphy ’74, an author, is the editor-at-large of Vanity Fair magazine. He has been a member of the Amherst College Board of Trustees since 2000.

Joseph F. Quinn ’69 is an economist who has worked at Boston College since 1974. He served as chair of the Department of Economics for six years, NCAA faculty athletic representative for seven years and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for eight years (1999-2007) He also chairs the executive committee of Amherst College's Alumni Council.

John W. Servos P'14 the Anson D. Morse Professor of History and chair of the Department of History, has taught the history of science and medicine for more than 30 years, 27 of them at Amherst College. He is a former president of the History of Science Society, has thrice been elected to the Committee of Six and was co-chair of the college’s Committee on Academic Priorities from 2004 to 2006.

Ana Salas Siegel ’91 has been in-house counsel in the media and entertainment industry since 1999. Currently, she is the Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Fox Latin America Channels as well as Fox International Channels (UK). She has responsibility for all legal matters relating to the operation of 24 pay TV channels in Latin America and 10 in the United Kingdom. She is president of the Amherst Association of South Florida.

Martha M. Umphrey is a professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought and is currently a member of the Committee of Six.

Kate Wellspring has been at the Museum of Natural History since 2003 and has served on several college committees, including the Advisory Committee on Personnel Policy, the Wildlife Sanctuary Committee and the Advisory Budget Committee.

Laura J. Yerkovich ’80 is a former petroleum geologist and investment banker, a long-time volunteer for Amherst and currently a homemaker. She has been a member of the Amherst College Board of Trustees since 2006.

Of counsel:

Kevin J. Conway ’80 is the Managing Partner of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity firm noted for its operating expertise and for driving its returns by leading substantial improvements in the businesses in which it invests. Mr. Conway has served on many public, private and not-for-profit Boards, and has extensive executive search experience. He has served in a variety of roles for Amherst College, including as a member of the Executive Committee of Lives of Consequence, the current campaign for Amherst.

Charles R. Longsworth ’51, chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees, is the retired chairman of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Va. He was a member of the Amherst College Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1998, serving as chair from 1992 to 1998.

Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85 is a corporate partner at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He began his six-year term on the Board of Trustees on July 1, 2010.

Mary Patterson (Pat) McPherson is executive officer of the American Philosophical Society and president emerita of Bryn Mawr College. She was a member of the Amherst College Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1998.

Diana Chapman Walsh is president emerita of Wellesley College, having stepped down in 2007 after serving 14 years. She served on the Amherst College Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2010.