Letter from Jide Zeitlin, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and of the Board of Trustees

October 25, 2010

To All Members of the Amherst College Community:

I am writing to give you some information on the approach that we as a community will take in our search for the 19th President of Amherst College, and to seek your active engagement in this process. 

Jide Zeitlin

Letter from Jide Zeitlin, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and of the Board of Trustees

October 25, 2010

To All Members of the Amherst College Community:

I am writing to give you some information on the approach that we as a community will take in our search for the 19th President of Amherst College, and to seek your active engagement in this process. 

Our goal is to make the most of this important moment in the life of the College. Amherst today is remarkably strong. It is as well positioned for the future as any institution in higher education. We are in the fortunate position of being able to attract and consider candidates who have the values, the vision, and the leadership skills necessary to ensure that the College continues to be consequential to the lives of its students and to all of you who are so committed to our selective and diverse community. 

Eight months from now, when Tony Marx steps down as Amherst’s 18th President, he will leave a College that is better placed than when he arrived eight years earlier. You can take the measure of this achievement by just about any indicator, ranging from the quality of the students, to the remarkable faculty, to the diversity of our community, to the commitment and excellence of the staff, to the engagement of the Amherst alumni.

October 7, 2010 Campus Meeting

At 1 p.m. on Oct. 7, 2010, Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jide J. Zeitlin ’85 invited the campus community to a meeting in Johnson Chapel. Their remarks touched upon President Marx’s eight-year tenure at the college, his pending departure and the process of selecting Amherst College’s 19th president.

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Presidential Transition

President Marx delivers the 2010 Commencement address
Amherst College President Anthony W.