The Students' President

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

Conversation with President Biddy Martin at Family Weekend 2011

On Nov. 5, 2011, President Biddy Martin spoke to parents and families attending Family Weekend, and answered questions. She was introduced by Allen Hart, Dean of Students and professor of psychology.

Inauguration Ceremony: Video and Text of Address

Inauguration of Carolyn “Biddy” Martin, 19th President of Amherst College

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Carolyn "Biddy" Martin

2011-

President Biddy Martin
Convocation Address
September 5, 2011

Good evening and welcome. I have just a few simple messages for you tonight, our faculty, staff and the Class of Irene. The first is this: I am glad to be one of you. 

In my first 10 days in Amherst, I have found the college to be magical. I have had occasion to appreciate its beauty, its friendliness and its intellectual intensity.

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

Half a Century of Women Teaching at Amherst: Gender Matters

Symposium Schedule for Saturday, October 1, 2011

8:30-9:00 a.m.      Breakfast. Lobby of Converse Hall.

9:00-9:10 a.m.       Welcome and memorial minute.  Buffy Aries (Psychology) and Pat O’Hara (Chemistry).

9:10-9:15 a.m.        Brief history of the arrival of the pioneer women. Jane Taubman (Russian)

9:15-10:30 a.m.    Round table discussion: The Early Years  

Biddy Martin Named 19th President of Amherst

The college’s selection of Biddy Martin as Tony Marx’s successor drew attention from many media outlets, including The New York Times, Associated Press, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Springfield Republican (in an

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