By CHAD CAIN
Friday, June 17, 2011
Amherst College has selected the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as its next president, marking the first time that a woman will lead the 190-year-old liberal arts institution.
Carolyn Arthur "Biddy" Martin, 60, one of the nation's top openly gay university leaders, will become Amherst's 19th president in August. She's scheduled to visit campus on Thursday for an all-college meeting.
"In some ways I'm returning to my roots," said Martin in a telephone interview from Madison Tuesday. "I was the beneficiary of a strong, liberal arts education."
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