Commencement

Amos Hostetter
Photo: Samuel Masinter '04

Amos B. Hostetter, Jr., Class of 1958

Doctor of Humane Letters

A member of Amherst’s Board of Trustees since 1989, Amos B. Hostetter, Jr. ’58 chaired the Board from 1998 to 2005. During his tenure, the college’s endowment grew from $540 million to more than $1 billion, and the college successfully completed The Amherst College Campaign, which secured more than $269 million to support research, financial aid and a range of capital projects. In 1999, Amherst implemented a new financial aid initiative that eliminated loans for a broad range of low- and middle-income families. Most academic and athletic buildings on campus were renovated during Hostetter’s chairmanship, the new Earth Sciences and Museum of Natural History Building was constructed, and the college began a comprehensive renewal of its dormitories through the Residential Master Plan. Hostetter also chaired the search committee that brought President Anthony W. Marx to Amherst in 2003.

As a student at Amherst, Hostetter was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and a member of the ice hockey, swimming and tennis teams. Since graduating with a B.A. degree in economics, Hostetter has sustained close connections with his alma mater. He has been president of the Society of the Alumni and a member of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council. He visits campus regularly, and he stays in touch with students, faculty and administrators.

Professionally, Hostetter is known as a visionary business leader and a technological innovator. In 1963 he co-founded Continental Cablevision, ushering in a new era of technology that has transformed news, entertainment and information services. Hostetter served as Continental Cablevision’s chairman and CEO from 1967 to 1997, when the company changed its name to MediaOne. From 1999 to 2003 he was non-executive chairman of AT&T Broadband and Internet Services and a member of the AT&T board. He currently serves as chairman of Pilot House Associated.

Hostetter received an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1961. Founding chairman of Cable in the Classroom and a current member of its executive committee, he has served as chairman of C-SPAN, director and chair of the National Cable Television Association, director of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a member of the Children’s Television Workshop Board. He currently chairs the board at WGBH and is a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the New England Medical Center, Colonial Williamsburg and the Nantucket Conservation Board.

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