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.

The Best of 2013, Amherst Edition

January 2, 2014

Now that 2014 is upon us, the members of the college’s Public Affairs staff decided to take a page from many newspapers, magazines and websites and look back at the year that was at Amherst. Here are some of our favorite stories from 2013.

Alumnus Gives Amherst College Beneski Museum of Natural History a Dryosaurus Altus Dinosaur; Will Be Second Mounted Specimen of its Species the World

Submitted on Tuesday, 4/9/2013, at 11:15 AM

April 9, 2013                       
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Photo courtesy of Research Castings International

AMHERST, Mass.—An agile and speedy vegan dinosaur roughly the height of a pony and the length of an American alligator will be the newest inhabitant of Amherst College’s Beneski Museum of Natural History this spring, thanks to a generous member of the Class of 1977 and his wife. John S. and Leigh Middleton have given John’s alma mater the skeleton of a Dryosaurus altus, a dinosaur that roamed North America during the Late Jurassic period about 150 to 145 million years ago.

John S. Middleton ’77

John S. Middleton ’77 started his six-year term on the Board of Trustees in 2009. He is the chairman and CEO of Double Play, Inc.; the principal owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, where he chairs the partners’ committee; and chairman and CEO of Dock Street Capital.

Middleton majored in economics at Amherst, graduating magna cum laude, then earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979.  Amherst awarded him its Medal for Eminent Service in 2004 in recognition of his many years of dedication to his alma mater.

Board Names Two New Trustees

By Caroline J. Hanna

The Amherst Board of Trustees has 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 ’77, a Philadelphia-area businessman, to six-year terms on the college’s board.