May 2, 2007
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College has announced the creation of the William McCall Vickery 1957 Professorship, which William McCall Vickery ’57 has established on the occasion of his 50th Amherst College reunion. The Vickery Professorship will honor a senior faculty member who is distinguished by and dedicated to the teaching and research of art history or musicology. The first Vickery Professor will be named after Vickery’s retirement.
Born in 1935 in Savannah, Georgia, “Bill” Vickery was a graduate of Ridgewood High School in New Jersey in 1953 and received a B.A. degree cum laude in economics from Amherst College in 1957. With an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1959, Vickery began a 27-year career in advertising with Dancer Fitzgerald Sample in New York City in 1960. In 1987 Vickery retired as vice chairman of the board and chairman of DFS International.
Throughout his career in New York City, Vickery was an active volunteer for his alma mater, serving as class agent, class president, member of the board and president of the New York Alumni Association, member and chairman of the executive committee of the Alumni Council and as chairman of the Alumni Fund. Amherst College awarded Vickery the Medal for Eminent Service in 1979 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1983.
Vickery joined the staff at Amherst in 1988, serving as a major gifts officer and as director of development. In 1993 he joined the treasurer’s staff as assistant treasurer for business administration, his current position. He has been responsible for many important innovations and improvements in the college’s summer programs, insurance, post office and dining service operations.
In 1998 Vickery took on the post of director of 25th and 50th reunion programs, dividing his time between the treasurer’s office and the office of alumni and parent programs. In the Amherst College Campaign (1996-2001) Vickery chaired the Campus Community Campaign for Amherst, which resulted in contributions from 75 percent of the faculty and more than 50 percent of the staff. He served on the executive committee of that campaign and received a Distinguished Service Award for group service in 2001.
Since 2003 Vickery has served as a member of the board of governors of the Emily Dickinson Museum.