Dr. Anthony "Tony" Marx, the President of Amherst College, is expected to be approved today to head the New York Public Library. This news was reported in today's New York Times as well as in our "local" paper, the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
************An Update -- It is Now Official*******************
Dr. Marx will step down from his Presidency of Amherst College on June 30, 2011 to become President of the New York Public Library, with approval of the board.
Dr. Marx is the product of NYC's public schools and holds advanced degrees, including his PhD, from Princeton University. His wife is a Professor at Columbia University. He is a wonderful father and, in fact, just Monday night at a dinner for parents (his son and my daughter attend the same school), our tablemates were discussing how the 5 College System, which includes UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Hampshire College, provides wonderful resources for our community in western Massachusetts.
Speaking of previous heads of the New York Public Library, Dr. Vartan Gregorian, served as President of the New York Public Library, and then became President of Brown University, my alma mater. Now he heads the Carnegie Corporation.
We wish Dr. Tony Marx the best in his very exciting new position in NYC!
Now, who will take over as President of Amherst College?!