In Memoriam: George L. Shinn '45

Amherst College notes the passing of Life Trustee and Chair Emeritus George L. Shinn '45, P'85, G'07 on Dec. 16, 2013, in Scarborough, Maine. He was 90 years old.

An obituary ran on Dec. 17 in The New York Times.

Shinn became a member of the college's Board of Trustees in 1968 and was its chair from 1973 to 1980—the years during which Amherst began admitting female students.

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

Patrick Fitzgerald '82

Patrick Fitzgerald’s fellow alumni elected him to 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.

Statement from the Board of Trustees

January 30, 2013

In October 2012, President Biddy Martin, with the support of the Board of Trustees, empaneled a special committee to make recommendations for improvements in the College’s efforts to prevent and address sexual assault and sexual misconduct at Amherst College. This action was taken following the emergence of disturbing accounts of cases of sexual assault and misconduct. At its meeting in October, the Board heard firsthand from many members of the Amherst community, including a delegation of students. The urgency of the issue was plain.

Board of Trustees' Statement on Sexual Misconduct and Assault

October 20, 2012

To the Members of the Amherst College Community:

Amherst College is confronting one of the most serious challenges facing colleges and universities across the country—sexual misconduct and assault.  In the way that it responds to these issues, the College is committed to holding itself accountable to the highest possible standard.

Board of Trustees' Statement on Sexual Misconduct and Assault

October 20, 2012

To the Members of the Amherst College Community:

Amherst College is confronting one of the most serious challenges facing colleges and universities across the country—sexual misconduct and assault.  In the way that it responds to these issues, the College is committed to holding itself accountable to the highest possible standard.

Three Alumni Join Board of Trustees

By Angelina Gomez ’14

The three newest members of the Amherst Board of Trustees are Rafael Campo ’87, Ted Beneski ’78 and Arthur Koenig ’66. The alumni body elected Campo; Beneski and Koenig were appointed by the board.

A Conversation with the New Board Chair

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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.

Cullen Murphy ’74 Elected Chair of Board of Trustees

Photo by Gasper Tringale
Photo: Gasper Tringale

July 3, 2012

Critically acclaimed author and editor Cullen Murphy ’74 has been elected chairman of the Amherst College Board of Trustees, effective immediately, announced outgoing chairman Jide Zeitlin ’85 on Tuesday.

In announcing the new board chair’s appointment, Zeitlin praised Murphy’s dedication to his alma mater.

“Cullen is admired on the board and beyond as a thoughtful leader with an enormous intellect,” Zeitlin said. “He exemplifies the life of the mind and the values that define our undergraduate liberal arts college. Amherst has benefited from Cullen’s dedicated service during the past 12 years. The Board and I look forward to Cullen’s leadership as he and Biddy and others in the Amherst community work to make Amherst even stronger and more distinctive in the years to come.”

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