Yesterday, the New York Public Library announced that Tony Marx GS ’90 would become its new president next year. Marx, A native New Yorker and a graduate of both the master’s program at the Woodrow Wilson School and the doctorate program in the Department of Politics, will succeed current president Paul LeClerc.
Currently the president of Amherst College, Marx has spent his entire life in academia. In his early twenties he founded Khanya College, a university preparatory school in South Africa. Also a published author, Marx later taught at Columbia University, where he spearheaded several public school improvement initiatives.
The NYPL, currently boasting record-high influx of users despite funding cuts, has found in Marx a champion for free information and community-sponsored learning.
“I am…eager to pursue its ideals of wide access to information and ideas—ideals I want defining my children’s lives,” Marx said.