Dwight Poler '87

Closeup of Dwight Poler '87Dwight Poler ’87 began his term on the Board of Trustees in July 2015. He joined Bain Capital in 1994 and was named managing director in 1999. He lives with his family in London, where he opened and manages Bain Capital’s European private equity business. He currently oversees investment of the €3.5 billion Bain Capital Europe Fund-IV.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Poler worked as a consultant at Bain & Co. in Boston and London. Previously, he was in the mergers and acquisitions practice at Morgan Stanley & Co., working in both New York and Tokyo.

Douglas C. Grissom ’89

Closeup of Douglas C. Grissom '89Douglas C. Grissom ’89 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015, with a term beginning July 1. He works at Madison Dearborn Partners as a managing director on the Business and Government Services team, focusing primarily on software and software-enabled services.

Joseph F. Quinn '69

Closeup of Joseph QuinnThe alumni elected Joseph F. Quinn ’69 to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees in 2014. He has been a member of the Department of Economics at Boston College since 1974, and has filled various administrative roles at the college, including faculty athletics representative, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim provost.

David Sutphen '91

David-Sutphen-150x150.jpgDavid A. Sutphen ’91 was appointed to the Amherst College Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a partner at Brunswick Group and specializes in strategic communications. He manages the Washington, D.C., office and advises Fortune 500 companies and major charitable organizations on reputational, stakeholder engagement, crisis, litigation, diversity and public affairs matters, with a particular focus on the media, retail, technology and education sectors. Prior to Brunswick, he was a senior executive at Viacom and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Simon Krinsky ’96

Simon Krinsky

Simon Krinsky '96 began his term on the college's Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a managing director and the director of portfolio management at Hall Capital Partners LLC, an independent investment advisor that manages multi-asset class investment portfolios. Krinsky serves on the firm's executive committee and investment review committee. He joined Hall Capital in San Francisco in 2002, later transferring to New York. He was promoted to managing director in 2006 and into his current role as director of portfolio management in 2013.

Patrick Fitzgerald '82

Patrick Fitzgerald '82 was elected by his fellow alumni to serve a six-year term on the Board of Trustees starting in 2013. He is a partner in the Chicago office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates.

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.


Patrick Fitzgerald '82

A Conversation with the New Board Chair


In July the Amherst Board of Trustees elected Cullen Murphy ’74, editor-at-large at Vanity Fair and a critically acclaimed author, as its new chairman. He succeeds Jide Zeitlin ’85, who served in the position since 2005.

How to Pick a Leader

By Charles R. Longsworth ’51

In June, one member of the 20-person Amherst Board of Trustees will succeed Jide Zeitlin ’85 as the group’s chair. How will this new leader be chosen?

The Trustees of Amherst College (more informally known as “the board”) are responsible for assuring that the college retains a qualified president, faculty and staff; gathers and manages resources needed to fulfill its mission; and is prudent and law-abiding. Six trustees are elected by the alumni body and 14 by the board.