Columns, Essays, and Speeches

Toward the Future

We can’t see our way to a harmonious future by looking away from our past.

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Taking the Long View

Williams is committed to sustainability in all its many dimensions.

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How to Disagree

Ours is an institution of higher learning; such learning cannot occur without broad and enthusiastic exposure to a wide range of ideas and perspectives.

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Why ‘Need-Blind’ is the Wrong Goal for College Admissions

“Need-blindness,” taken literally, is actually a narrow and misleading construct. There’s a passiveness to the term that implies, quite wrongly, that we can address the issue of college accessibility simply by turning a blind eye to students’ financial circumstances. Rather, what’s needed is for colleges to act affirmatively to bring socioeconomic diversity to our campuses.

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Women at Williams

In marking four decades of coeducation, what we celebrate most deeply aren’t the ways in which Williams has changed women, but rather how women have changed Williams.

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Ending Sexual Violence at Williams

My personal commitment, as firm as any I can make, is that sexual assault must be eliminated in our community.

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A Pipeline into the Academy

To most effectively educate students of all backgrounds, we need faculty of all backgrounds.

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A Powerful Network

The difference our alumni make—to the world, to Williams and to our students—is astonishing.

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Sports at Williams

I hope and expect that we’ll continue to win a lot of contests, and even perhaps more Directors’ Cups. The real measure of our athletics program’s success, though will always be how well we fulfill our deeper ideals.

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Comment to the U.S. Department of Education Regarding Proposed College Rating System

I appreciate the opportunity to comment here, as a college president, on the effort to develop a system of rating colleges that would better inform students and families and provide a measure for the disbursement of federal financial aid.

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