Mead Art Museum Appoints Emily Potter-Ndiaye Head of Education

Emily Potter-Ndiaye (AMHERST, Mass., June 26, 2018) — The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College has appointed Emily Potter-Ndiaye to the position of head of education and Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs, effective Aug. 20, 2018. In her role, Potter-Ndiaye will promote primary research with the museum’s collections to faculty and students across disciplines as an integral part of the liberal arts educational experience at Amherst College — and a growing area of activity for the Mead, which has expanded its collaborations with faculty, staff and students over the past three years.

Matthew L. McGann Named Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Amherst College

Matthew McGann (AMHERST, Mass., June 6, 2018) — Matthew L. McGann has been named Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Amherst College, it was announced today by Biddy Martin, President of the College. McGann has been Director of Admissions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2012, having been a member of the admissions staff since 2001.

Reporting to the president and serving as a member of her senior staff, McGann will be responsible for all aspects of admission and financial aid, including student recruitment, selection, and the financial aid process. He will serve as a highly visible advocate for the College’s mission and offerings, as well as the principles of access and need-blind admissions. McGann will join the College on July 23, 2018, and will manage a staff of approximately 32. He succeeds Katharine Fretwell ‘81, who has served in the role for the past four years, has been at Amherst for nearly 30 years, and is retiring at the end of this month.

Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85 is Elected Chair of Amherst College Board of Trustees

Andrew Nussbaum (AMHERST, Mass., May 21, 2018) — Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85 has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees of Amherst College, it was announced today by Cullen Murphy ’74, the outgoing chair. Nussbaum’s six-year term, renewed annually, begins on July 1, 2018. Murphy has served as chair since 2012 and as a trustee since 2000.

“During his eight years as a trustee,” said Murphy, “Andy has been involved in virtually every aspect of the board's activities—always on call, always collaborative, always available to offer insight and knowledge—and has demonstrated time and again that wisdom goes hand in hand with collegiality and a sense of humor.”