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.

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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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.

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Amherst College Alumnus and Trustee Colin Diver Named President of Reed College

February 10, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Colin Diver, Amherst College Class of 1965 and a member of the Amherst College board of trustees since 1998, was elected the fourteenth president of Reed College Feb. 9. He will assume his responsibilities on July 1. Diver is the Charles A. Heimbold, Jr., Professor of Law and Economics and former dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Amherst College Trustees Approve Comprehensive Fee Increase, Announce $900,000 in New Support for Financial Aid

March 29, 2000Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417Amherst, MA — The Amherst College Board of Trustees has established $32,400 as the College’s comprehensive fee for 2000-01. This figure represents a 3.3% increase over this year’s comprehensive fee, which includes tuition, room and board. The increase is the lowest percentage increase in 35 years.