Carolyn “Biddy” Martin

  • Amherst College

Biddy Martin is president of Amherst College, a position she assumed in June 2011. She previously served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2008 to 2011, and prior to that was provost of Cornell University from 2000 to 2008. Before beginning her term as provost at Cornell, Biddy helped lead a major reorganization of Cornell’s life sciences. She also implemented an initiative that replaced need-based loans with grants for all undergraduates from families with incomes less than $75,000. As chancellor at UW-Madison, Martin led successful efforts to increase need-based financial aid, improve undergraduate education, and enhance research. She launched the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates to promote student advising, innovations in undergraduate programs and faculty diversity, adding 80 faculty positions to offset the impact of earlier budget cuts on undergraduate education. Biddy also spearheaded an effort toward greater operating flexibility and increased autonomy for Wisconsin’s flagship campus. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and two books, Woman and Modernity: The Lifestyles of Lou Andreas-Salomé (1991) and Femininity Played Straight: The Significance of Being Lesbian (1996). Biddy earned her Ph.D. in German literature from UW-Madison.