Dr. Amsler arrived at NASC the same year I began my undergraduate experience there. I found him to be totally approachable, genuinely concerned about student matters, and dedicated to improving the school in every area.
As he handed me my diploma four years later, he thanked me for my service and called me by name. I wonder how often that happens today!!
Class of 1973
I am a 1979 graduate of North Adams State College. The career path I enjoy today was shaped in large part by Dr. Amsler. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Deborah A. Butler, Esquire
I was an undergraduate student from '68 to '72 at North Adams State, so I remember Dr. Amsler very well. I was also fortunate to take an education class taught by him in my senior year. He was always very professional and at the same time, charming. My prayers and thoughts go out to his loved ones. Jacqueline Paquette Demastrie, Adams, Ma
Dr. James T. Amsler was a remarkable man, an articulate advocate for public higher education, and a fine University/College President. I know. I was his Academic Vice President for his entire tenure at Salem State, and I stepped in as Acting President when Jim took a well-deserved sabbatical year. When I became Acting VP, I had relatively little experience as an academic administrator. Jim was a patient mentor who taught me a great deal. Jim chose his staff very carefully, and placed great confidence in his selections. Although he made it clear that he was the President, he gave his VPs wide latitude to run their areas. I met with him once or twice a week for 10 years. He seldom overruled one of my recommendations, but he asked a lot of intelligent questions. His standing instructions to me were to develop a faculty and curriculum that would allow Salem State to become a University. He was instrumental in the growth of Salem State from a former Normal School with a few programs besides Education, into a complex institution, divided into Schools, and offering a broad range of educational opportunities on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also began the expansion of the physical plant at Salem State. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jim, and my wife and I enjoyed our social times together with Jim and Frances. We both offer his condolences to his family. We believe they should be proud of all Jim accomplished, and of the thousands of students he affected positively.
William E. Mahaney, Ph.D.
Professor of English, Emeritus
Former AVP under Jim Amsler