Amherst College Center for Community Engagement Names Molly Mead Director

April 19, 2007Director of Media Relations413/542-8417AMHERST, Mass.—Molly Mead, a professor of urban studies and founding director of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, has been named the first director of the new Center for Community Engagement at Amherst College. Her appointment is effective July 1.


The Office of Admission ended the practice over a dozen years ago of having alumni volunteers interview prospective students. This does not mean, however, that alumni are discouraged from recommending students to apply and writing supporting letters about students they know well. At the moment, volunteer opportunities for alumni are limited. Those who do volunteer typically are asked to attend College Fairs on behalf of Amherst, host Admitted Student Receptions and occasionally interact with admitted students who wish to speak to an alumnus/a.

Class Officers

Amherst has a strong tradition of class organization which is further cultivated by the officers. The officers are the College’s liaisons to the rest of the class; thus, the College turns to these individuals and enlists their advice and help for a variety of reasons.