Employee Council

Serving on the Presidential Search Committee: Please apply

The Board of Trustees has decided that the Presidential Search Committee assembled to pick the next President of Amherst College should be representative of the college community.

The Search Committee will be composed of:

  • The Chair of The Board of Trustees - leading search
  • A handful of Trustee Board members
  • 2 students 
  • 3 faculty members
  • 1 staff member

The Employee Council has been asked to nominate three candidates from the staff, one of whom will be selected by the Search Committee Chair to serve on the committee. We are looking for staff volunteers who are interested in serving on the Search Committee.

A  successful candidate should have some of the following characteristics:

  • A wealth of institutional knowledge
  • Good judgement 
  • Respectful self-assuredness - someone who won’t be intimidated to share their perspective and work alongside trustees and others
  • Discretion and Confidentiality
  • Comfort with in-person meetings
  • Flexibility and comfort with occasional travel
    • For example, flying to LA or NY for an in person meeting

The general timeline and expected workload are:

  • The first meeting will be the Board of Trustees meeting from October 14th - 16th 
  • The entire search process will extend through the academic year, wrapping up in either May or June 2022 
  • Weekly conference calls / meetings 
  • Occasional listening sessions 
  • The workload will fluctuate throughout the year. It will definitely be heavier in the early stages as potential candidates are identified. The time demands will likely rise again during the first rounds of interviews.

If you would like to be considered for one of the three Council recommendation slots, please take a few moments to fill out the Google form, linked below, and provide a short statement articulating why you would like to serve on this search committee, and how you would be a good fit.


Before you apply, we recommend that you have a conversation with your supervisor to ensure that your schedule will permit you to fulfill the time commitment required. If an hourly employee is selected to serve on the committee, they will be compensated for time spent conducting committee business.

We are working on a very tight timeline. The Council must make its recommendations by Friday, October 1st. We will close the submission process at 12pm on Wednesday, September 29th. Thank you for your time and consideration.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our Employee Council Chair, Jonathan Doyle, or our Chair-Elect, Emily Kelly.




A view of the baseball fields at Amherst College

College Staff Meeting, August 24, 2021

President Martin and the Employee Council hosted an all-staff town hall to discuss updated safety protocols and plans for the fall semester, and more.

Health and wellness word collage

Resources for Well-Being and Self-Care

A list of resources to support well-being and self-care, offered by the college and our community, so that we can more easily take care of ourselves and each other.

Mammoth with mask, campus buildings in background

Staff Questions about Fall 2020

Posed a question during the July 24 all-staff meeting that administrators didn’t have time to answer? A newly created page on the Staff Life website—which will be updated on a rolling basis—may have your answer.

Screen shot during Zoom meeting

ICYMI: All-Staff Meeting, July 24, 2020

On July 24, 2020 President Biddy Martin and senior staff held an all-staff meeting over Zoom. Watch a recording of the meeting, and read questions and answers in our new FAQ section. (log-in required)

Congratulations Chili Cook Off Winners

Susan May

Chili Cooks

Congratulations to Susan May, IT, winner of the Judges' Choice Award! Congratulations to Sean St. Marie, Emily Dickinson Museum, winner of the Staff Choice Award!

Thank you to our other chili cooks: Harrison Blum, Religous and Spiritual Life; Susan Kimball, Robert Frost Library; Kaylee Brow, Book and Plow Farm; Stephen Fisher, Mead Art Museum; Jonathan Doyle, Theater and Dance; Bill Cooley, Rental Property.

Special Thanks to our judges: Dina Levi, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; John Longley, ACPD; Mick Koldy, Custodial; Fredricka Joyner, HR; Executive Chef Jamil, Dining Services.

Mission Statement

The Amherst College Employee Council, a representative body of non-faculty employees, works to increase staff involvement in the governance of the College by broadening and strengthening lines of communication within the entire college community.

The Employee Council provides avenues for the College’s diverse staff to participate in policy making, promotes visibility, fosters a supportive work environment, and strives to develop a sense of community among students, staff, faculty, and senior administrators.