October 21, 2016

Michael Stephens talks about the his role as Ombudsperson, including examples of the type of assistance and support that the Office of the Ombudsperson can provide for Amherst College staff.

Welcome to the Office of the Ombudsperson

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ichael Stephens joined Amherst College as the Ombudsperson in September 2015.

He has extensive experience in human resources functions, employee relations, conflict resolution, Ombudsperson services, facilitation and employee counseling.  He worked for over 25 years in various corporate settings, providing these services to employees and managers at all levels.  Michael has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado, and a M.B.A. from New York University. 

Michael's regular office hours this summer are 8:30-3:30 on Wednesday, and 8:30-12:30 on Thursday.  Other times are available by appointment.  To schedule time to speak with Michael, call him at 413-542-5156, or email him

About the Office and Role

The Amherst Ombudsperson strives to ensure equitable treatment of the College’s faculty and staff.  Although the Ombudsperson reports directly to the President, he works independently of all administrative and academic offices.  The Ombudsperson provides an independent, neutral point of view in an informal and confidential environment.  The Ombudsperson will listen and inform, research issues, help generate options, and coach individuals on how to deal with difficult and sensitive situations. 

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