Letters from the President
Despite the temperature, academic shoots begin to rise this first day of the semester—an occasion always worth marking.
The health of the college is interwoven in many ways with the health of our local community. The projects mentioned here represent only part of the college’s increasing involvement in the region, and we’re grateful for the important roles many faculty, staff, and students play in all of this work.
To the Williams Community, We are appalled and saddened to report that earlier this evening a student reported to CSS that an “I Am Williams” poster of a recent Muslim graduate had been defaced in a violent manner, including with what appears to be a cross on his face. The poster was found in a
Faculty and students already appointed and elected to the Committee on Degrees will continue in this new configuration. Elections will be held to flesh out the other student members (one senior, one junior, and three sophomores). Going forward, sophomores will serve for three years, to deepen their engagement and provide continuity.
None is more central to the heart of the college than Sawyer Library, which, after more than a decade of planning, design, and construction, is now fully functional (despite the bits of scaffolding here and there).
To the Williams Community, I am sad to report the death this morning of one of the best known and most influential faculty members in the college’s history. James MacGregor Burns, the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government, Emeritus, co-wrote what in its time was the most widely used college text book on American politics (Government
To the Williams Community, As we celebrate the end of the academic year and prepare to send our wonderful graduates into the world, I wanted to pause for a moment to share with you some thoughts about the important work we do together that both defines our community and moves it forward. People often talk
To the Williams Community, I write with the bittersweet news that Mike Reed ’75, vice president for strategic planning and institutional diversity, will be leaving us this August to become Vice President for Institutional Initiatives at Dickinson College. He’ll be working closely there with Dickinson President Nancy Roseman, known to most of us as our
Sexual assault affects the lives of many students—at Williams and nationally. Its effects are both immediate and enduring, and we must do all that we can to prevent its occurrence and to respond fully when it does occur. We have strengthened our policies and practices in this area through extensive work in the last several
Convocation will take on special significance as we award Bicentennial Medals to alumni whose achievements have been in fields related to the library and the associated Book Unbound initiative.