A Note from the Director of Human Resources


Dear Colleague,

It’s been four and a half months since I arrived at the Pioneer Valley and joined Amherst College as your Director of Human Resources. This has been a short but very intense period, in which I have been able to learn a lot about the College’s programs, its goals and opportunities and, most importantly, its amazing and caring staff and faculty.  Coming from the soul-warming Caribbean, my family and I are going through a big transition process, which has been made easier thanks to your support and kind advice.

During these months, I have also had the opportunity to confirm the many ways in which the Human Resources Department is a valuable asset for staff and faculty, and to assess how we can continue to be your first source for guidance and information. From hiring to benefits, from employee development to policy administration, we are here to provide you with the tools to make your employment relationship with Amherst College an enriching and satisfying experience.

In this fall edition of Amherst Works, we feature the staff of the Beneski Museum of Natural History, the changes in the retirement investment menu, and the diverse places where new members are coming from to join the College community. We also provide you with more details on the Campus Challenge and highlight the extraordinary job of our colleagues and students during the recent storm. They deserve our gratitude and appreciation for the way they handled this emergency.  

I still have many names to learn and hands to shake, and I hope I have the opportunity to get to know you better while I continue my learning process. I also welcome your suggestions and ideas on how we can better serve you. I feel lucky to be part of a group of professionals, the Human Resources Team, who share this vision and are eager to collaborate and partner with you in your success. Please do not hesitate to count on us!



María-Judith Rodriguez

Director of Human Resources