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Amherst College president inaugurated

October 16, 2011

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AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College has inaugurated its new president, the first female to hold the spot since the school's founding in 1821.

Carolyn "Biddy" Martin was inaugurated Sunday as the 19th president of Amherst. The ceremony was the culmination of a weekend of events on the western Massachusetts campus.

The 60-year-old Martin takes over for Anthony Marx, who left to become president of the New York Public Library.

Martin is a native of Timberlake, Va., and was most recently chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She praised Amherst's current and previous leaders Sunday for their dedication to expanding its racial, cultural and religious diversity. She said she, too, is dedicated to ensuring "that the education we offer is infused with those benefits."

Amherst has about 1,750 students and is consistently ranked among the nation's top liberal arts schools.