The Marx of a Killer

Article by Katherine Duke '05
Photos by Jessica Mestre '10

On the evening of Dec. 13, I make my way to Keefe Campus Center and follow the signs directing me to the Presidential Candidates’ Dinner. I’m eager to meet some of the people hoping to succeed Tony Marx as the next president of Amherst College, to enjoy a free dinner from a local Italian restaurant and to witness a homicide.

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.