June 23, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- The alumni of Amherst College have elected Jonathan Landman, the metropolitan editor of The New York Times and a member of the Class of 1974, to a six-year term on the college's Board of Trustees effective July 1. Landman is a resident of New York City.

Landman, born in 1952 in New York City, was named metropolitan editor of the Times in 1999, after having edited "The Week in Review" section for five years. He had worked at the Times since 1987, as well as at Newsday, The Daily News, and The Chicago Sun-Times. He received a B.A. in history from Amherst and went on to earn an M.S. degree in journalism at Columbia University in 1978.

Landman and his wife, Bonnie Van Gilder, have two children. Rachel, 19, has completed her first year at Amherst, and Aaron, 14, will enter Stuyvesant High School in the fall. Landman is a marathon runner, cello player and a self-described "incorrigible New Yorker and Yankee fan."

The Board of Trustees of Amherst College consists of the president of the college, ex officio, and 20 other members: 14 term trustees, elected by the board, and six alumni trustees elected by alumni of the college. Founded in 1821, Amherst is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, with 1,650 undergraduates.