Harvard Professor, Philadelphia Businessman Appointed to Amherst College Board of Trustees

August 19, 2008

AMHERST, Mass. — The members of Amherst College Board of Trustees have appointed Howard Gardner, the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and John S. Middleton, a member of the Class of 1977 and a prominent Philadelphia-area businessman, to six-year terms on the college’s board, ending June 30, 2015.

Sarah Bloom Raskin ’83 Elected to Amherst College’s Board of Trustees

June 8, 2008

AMHERST, Mass. — The alumni of Amherst College have elected Sarah Bloom Raskin, member of the Class of 1983 and resident of Takoma Park, Md., to a six-year term on the college’s Board of Trustees, effective July 1.

Week of Action

Submitted by Alisa Bajramovic

From November 13 to November 20, 2014, the Green Amherst Project hosted a Week of Action to engage the Amherst community in a discussion about climate change, divestment from the coal industry, and sustainaiblity issues. Throughout the week, 532 students signed a petition stating that they support divestment from the coal industry, and asking the Amherst College Board of Trustees if they will support the students' desire and divest.

Divestment from South Africa

Submitted by Alisa Bajramovic

The South African apartheid in the latter half of the twentieth century inspired many American colleges and universities to divest from South Africa. In 1977, Hampshire College became the first US school to divest, inspiring a total of 155 schools--including Amherst--to divest by 1988. Amherst partially divested from South Africa from 1978 to 1986.

To see a list of the colleges that divested from South Africa, click here.

Divestment from Sudan

Submitted by Alisa Bajramovic

In 2006, in response to the overwhelming evidence that the Sudanese government was committing a genocide against people in the Darfur region, the Amherst College Board of Trustees voted to "divest any direct holdings, and refrain from future direct investment, in nearly two dozen multi­national companies whose business activities have been identified as supporting the Sudanese government." The Board felt that giving money to groups that financially supported the government of Sudan was contributing to the atrocities and therefore should not continue.

The Green Amherst Project is asking the College's Board of Trustees to divest the college's endowment from the coal industry. On November 20, 2014, during our Week of Action, we delivered a petition to the Board's office asking them to divest.

Joseph F. Quinn '69

Closeup of Joseph QuinnThe alumni elected Joseph F. Quinn ’69 to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees in 2014. He has been a member of the Department of Economics at Boston College since 1974, and has filled various administrative roles at the college, including faculty athletics representative, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim provost.

David Sutphen '91

David-Sutphen-150x150.jpgDavid A. Sutphen ’91 was appointed to the Amherst College Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a partner at Brunswick Group and specializes in strategic communications. He manages the Washington, D.C., office and advises Fortune 500 companies and major charitable organizations on reputational, stakeholder engagement, crisis, litigation, diversity and public affairs matters, with a particular focus on the media, retail, technology and education sectors. Prior to Brunswick, he was a senior executive at Viacom and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Simon Krinsky ’96

Simon Krinsky

Simon Krinsky '96 began his term on the college's Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a managing director and the director of portfolio management at Hall Capital Partners LLC, an independent investment advisor that manages multi-asset class investment portfolios. Krinsky serves on the firm's executive committee and investment review committee. He joined Hall Capital in San Francisco in 2002, later transferring to New York. He was promoted to managing director in 2006 and into his current role as director of portfolio management in 2013.

Outgoing Princeton President Shirley Tilghman, former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald ’82 to join Amherst College Board of Trustees

Submitted on Saturday, 6/1/2013, at 12:50 PM

June 1, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. — Amherst College has appointed Shirley Tilghman, the president of Princeton University, to its Board of Trustees, while Amherst alumnus Patrick Fitzgerald ’82 was elected to serve on the board by his fellow alumni. Both six-year terms will begin on July 1. Tilghman received an honorary doctorate from Amherst in 2008, and Fitzgerald received an honorary doctorate from Amherst in 2007.