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Charles R. Longsworth 1951, H1971

Charles Longsworth was interviewed by Tom Gerety in 2003 . Excerpts  from the interview are below.   Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request.

Charles R. Longsworth, Class of 1951, is Chairman Emeritus of the College's Board of Trustees and has served on the Board from 1981-1998.  He was President of Hampshire College (1971-1977) and coauthored with the former Hampshire President, Franklin Patterson, The Making of a College: Plans for a New Departure in Higher Education.  From 1977 to 1992, he served as President of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and then CEO and Chairman (1991-1994).  In 1993, he became Director of Saul Centers, Inc.

Tom Gerety served as President of Amherst College 1994-2003.  In addition to previously serving as President of Trinity College in Hartford for fourteen years, he was dean of the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati.

  • Longsworth offers his thoughts on what makes Amherst special:
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  • Longsworth describes "the new curriculum" when he was an Amherst student:
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  • Longsworth talks about the governance of Amherst:
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