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.

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.

Joseph F. Quinn '69

Closeup of Joseph Quinn Joseph F. Quinn ’69 was elected to 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 department chair, faculty athletics representative, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim provost.

Quinn’s research, writing and teaching focus on public policy and the economics of aging. He is the co-author of two books—Passing the Torch: The Influence of Economic Incentives on Work and Retirement (1990) and The Economics of an Aging Society (2004)—and author or co-author of about 100 journal articles, monographs and book chapters. In addition to a B.A. in economics from Amherst, he holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David Sutphen '91

David-Sutphen-150x150.jpg David A. Sutphen ’91  was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2014. He joined 2U in July 2017 and serves as chief strategy and engagement officer overseeing the communications, impact, public affairs, strategic partnership, events and corporate brand teams. He is a former partner at Brunswick Group where he advised 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 was appointed to the 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.