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: 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.”
Cullen Murphy ’74 has served on Amherst College's Board of Trustees since 2000, as an elected Alumni Trustee for six years prior to being appointed a term trustee in 2006. He was elected Chair of the Board in 2012. He is a freelance writer and editor-at-large of Vanity Fair magazine.
Murphy holds a B.A. in European studies from Amherst. Before arriving at Vanity Fair, in 2006, he was an associate editor of Change magazine (1975 to 1977), senior editor of The Wilson Quarterly (1977 to 1985) and then managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1985 to 2005). His books include Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage, with co-author William L. Rathje (2001); The Word According to Eve: Women and the Bible in Ancient Times and Our Own (1998); Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America;(2008) and, most recently, God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World (2013).