Two Join Board of Trustees

By Peter Rooney

The Amherst board of trustees has two new members: Shirley Tilghman, former president of Princeton, and Patrick Fitzgerald ’82, who led the prosecutions of two successive governors of Illinois. Tilghman was chosen by the board; Fitzgerald was elected by his fellow alumni.

Shirley Tilghman
Shirley Tilghman

Shirley Tilghman

Amherst College appointed Shirley Tilghman to a six-year term on its Board of Trustees starting in 2013. She was president of Princeton University from 2001 to 2013, during which time she oversaw the hiring of more women to the faculty, extensive growth in the role of creative and performing arts on campus, multiple major initiatives in the sciences and engineering, an expansion of the undergraduate student body and the addition of four-year residential colleges, as well as the university’s $1.88 billion Aspire campaign.

Outgoing Princeton President Shirley Tilghman, former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald ’82 to join Amherst College Board of Trustees

Submitted on Saturday, 6/1/2013, at 12:50 PM

June 1, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. — Amherst College has appointed Shirley Tilghman, the president of Princeton University, to its Board of Trustees, while Amherst alumnus Patrick Fitzgerald ’82 was elected to serve on the board by his fellow alumni. Both six-year terms will begin on July 1. Tilghman received an honorary doctorate from Amherst in 2008, and Fitzgerald received an honorary doctorate from Amherst in 2007.