The Students' President

By Emily Gold Boutilier, with contributions from Adam Gerchick ’13

Comments on the New President

  • “Biddy’s entire record demonstrates that she knows how to spend money effectively, save money intelligently and raise money in good times and bad,” says John Servos, Anson D. Morse Professor of History and Presidential Search Committee member.
  • “Biddy has a disarming smile, a ready laugh and a sense of humor that she does not exercise at the expense of others. But there is no mistaking that she is tough-minded when the occasion demands it,” says Don Randel, president of the Andrew W.

A Conversation with the 19th President

Interview by Emily Gold Boutilier

About Carolyn A. “Biddy” Martin, Ph.D.

Biddy Martin

Biddy Martin was elected the 19th president of Amherst College in June 2011.

She had served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2008 and as Cornell University’s provost from 2000 to 2008.

Carolyn A. Martin, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Named 19th President of Amherst College

Biddy Martin

June 14, 2011

AMHERST, Mass. — Carolyn Arthur “Biddy” Martin, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin’s renowned flagship university in Madison and a former longtime professor and  provost at Cornell University, has been selected to be Amherst College’s 19th president, the school’s Board of Trustees announced today.

Martin will begin her tenure at the college this August and be introduced to the Amherst community on Thursday.

The Board of Trustees, advised by a search committee that included all segments of the Amherst College community, appointed Martin at the conclusion of an international search that began in October, when Anthony W. Marx announced he would assume the presidency of the New York Public Library after serving as Amherst’s president for eight years.

Jide Zeitlin, the chair of the college’s Board of Trustees as well as of the Presidential Search Committee, said that Martin’s formidable intellect and leadership experience made her the top choice in an extremely rich pool of candidates.

Views on Carolyn A. “Biddy” Martin

Views on Biddy Martin

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Introducing the 19th President of Amherst College

Jide Zeitlan

Letter from Jide J. Zeitlin ’85, Chair of the Board of Trustees and of the Presidential Search Committee

June 14, 2011