Anthony Marx

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Anthony W. Marx
Anthony Marx.jpg
Marx in 2014
18th President of Amherst College
In office
Preceded byTom Gerety
Succeeded byCarolyn Martin
Personal details
Born (1959-02-28) February 28, 1959 (age 61)
New York City, New York, United States
EducationYale University (B.S.)
Princeton University (M.P.A., Ph.D.)
OccupationPresident and CEO of New York Public Library

Anthony William "Tony" Marx (born February 28, 1959) became the current president and CEO of the New York Public Library in July 2011, succeeding Paul LeClerc.[1] Marx is the former president of Amherst College, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Since joining the New York Public Library, Marx has focused on expanding the library’s education programs and on increasing public access to library e-books.[2] He has also prioritized services for researchers and bringing library materials to public schools.[2]


Marx is an alumnus of the Bronx High School of Science after which he attended Wesleyan University before transferring to Yale University, where, in 1981, he received a B.S. magna cum laude. He received an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1986, followed by M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in politics from Princeton in 1987 and 1990. Marx completed a doctoral dissertation titled "Lessons of struggle: South African internal opposition movements, 1960-1990."[3] In 2012, one year after he left the college, he received an honorary degree from Amherst College.

After graduating from Yale, Marx spent a year in South Africa participating in the anti-Apartheid movement. Even after returning to the U.S. for graduate school at Princeton, he returned frequently to participate in the founding of Khanya College, a secondary school which prepared black students for university.[4][5]

According to BusinessWeek, one reason the Amherst Board of Trustees chose Marx as president was his support for socioeconomic diversity on college campuses. One of Marx's goals was to make Amherst more accessible to qualified students from lower income families. Marx supports the 'QuestBridge College Match' program at Amherst, an alternative college admission and financial aid process.[5][6]

Published works[edit]

Marx has written three books on nation-building, concentrating on South Africa.

  • Lessons of Struggle: South African Internal Opposition, 1960-1990 (1992)
  • Making Race and Nation: A Comparison of South Africa, the United States, and Brazil (1998)
  • Faith in Nation: Exclusionary Origins of Nationalism (2005)


  1. ^ Taylor, Kate. "Amherst President is Expected to Be Named Chief of the New York Public Library," New York Times. October 6, 2010; NYPL Press release
  2. ^ a b "President and Leadership". The New York Public Library. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  3. ^ Marx, Anthony W. (1990). Lessons of struggle : South African internal opposition movements, 1960-1990.
  4. ^ Archived November 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Campus Revolutionary Archived April 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ QuestBridge Archived February 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Tom Gerety
President of Amherst College
Succeeded by
Carolyn Martin