Anthony Marx

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Anthony W. Marx
Anthony Marx.jpg
Marx in 2014
18th President of Amherst College
In office
2003–2011
Preceded by Tom Gerety
Succeeded by Carolyn Martin
Personal details
Born (1959-02-28) February 28, 1959 (age 59)
New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Karen Barkey (m. 1992)
Children Josh
Anna-Claire
Education Yale University
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Occupation President 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]

Biography[edit]

He 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 at Princeton University in 1986, followed by M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton in 1987 and 1990. In 2012, one year after he left the college, Marx 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.[3][4]

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. According to their webpage QuestBridge is, "...an alternative college admission and financial aid process specifically tailored to bright, motivated low-income students. [An] alternative process aids low-income students in presenting a full picture of their intellectual promise and personal qualities in light of their limited resources".[4][5]

Marx is author of three books on nation-building, and has concentrated on South Africa.

In December 2011 Marx plead guilty to a misdemeanor for driving while intoxicated and had his driver's license revoked for six months.[6]

He is married to Karen Barkey, a professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. They have two children, Josh and Anna.

Notes[edit]

  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. ^ Khanyacollege.org.za Archived November 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Campus Revolutionary Archived April 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ QuestBridge Archived February 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Noah. "Library President Loses License in D.W.I. Case". City Room. Retrieved 2017-02-21. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Tom Gerety
President of Amherst College
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Carolyn Martin