Adam F. Falk, Ph.D.
Since becoming the 17th president of Williams in April 2010, Adam Falk has focused on advancing the college’s mission of providing the finest possible liberal arts education by working with faculty to strengthen the curriculum, further enrich student residential life, and maximize the educational value derived from the growing diversity of the college’s students, faculty, and staff.
In his time at Williams, he has overseen a wide reorganization of the college administration and the completion of a number of critical campus projects. These include the new Sawyer Library, which is transforming teaching and learning in the humanities and social sciences, the Class of ’66 Environmental Center, and the renewed and reconfigured Weston Athletic Complex.
A high-energy physicist and award-winning teacher whose research focuses on elementary particle physics and quantum field theory, Falk is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a winner of awards from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, the Research Corporation, and the Sloan Foundation.
Falk graduated with highest distinction as a Morehead-Cain Scholar from the University of North Carolina in 1987, and he earned his Ph.D. in 1991 from Harvard University, where he received numerous awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He held postdoctoral appointments at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the University of California, San Diego, before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1994. From 2006 until his arrival at Williams he served as James B. Knapp Dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, following four years of service as Dean of the Faculty and then Interim Dean.
President Falk and his wife Karen reside in Williamstown with their three children: Briauna, David, and Alex.