About President Falk

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.

Falk joined the college from the Johns Hopkins University, where he served at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences as the James B. Knapp Dean and earlier as Dean of the Faculty.

A theoretical physicist and award-winning teacher whose research focuses on the interactions of elementary particles, 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.

President Falk and his wife Karen reside in Williamstown with their three children: Briauna, David, and Alex.

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