Welcome to Williams! As you explore our website, I hope you’ll get a feel for what makes us Williams. This is a place defined by its community, where students, faculty, staff, and our incredibly loyal alumni and families come from all backgrounds with widely diverse perspectives. While we come from different places, we are all Williams, and we share a deep sense of responsibility for sustaining and moving forward this extraordinary college.
Williams serves the public by upholding the values of a liberal arts education and, in turn, by educating students who go on to have disproportionately positive impacts on their communities, their professions, and the world. We aim to combine the very best of a large research university and a small liberal arts college: unsurpassed academic rigor and opportunity delivered on a personal scale, by and for individuals who are committed to and supportive of one another.
We get to do this work on our campus in the Berkshires, a region with a special combination of natural beauty and cultural richness that affords us a distinct sense of place and an expansive view of the world.
I’m profoundly grateful for the opportunity to lead Williams and to be a part of this community.
President and Professor of Physics
“Our Work for a Sustainable Future” (Message to the community, September 2016)
“Space for Disagreement” (Williams Magazine, Summer 2016)
“Considering the Log Mural” (Message to the community, May 2016)