Letters from the President

Update on Community Matters

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.

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Defaced Poster in Paresky

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

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Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker Selection Process

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.

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Opening Day

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).

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The Passing of James MacGregor Burns

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

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The Power of “We”

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

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Mike Reed Appointed to Senior Position at Dickinson

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

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Statement Regarding Sexual Assault

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

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Save the Dates

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.

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The Passing of George Pistorius

At Williams, he chaired the Romance languages department for 11 years.

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