Letters from the President

Considering the Log Mural

Last semester, I convened a committee to consider historical representations on campus, chaired by Professor of History Karen Merrill. I asked the group to bring recommendations about what principles should guide us as we think about portrayals of our history and, more specifically, what, if anything, should be done about particular pieces that may be of concern. Continue reading »

Provost Appointment

It’s my great pleasure to share with you the news that economics faculty member David Love, whom we all know as Dukes, will serve as the college’s next provost. The board has now approved his appointment, which will begin September 1. Continue reading »

John Derbyshire’s Scheduled Appearance at Williams

Today I am taking the extraordinary step of canceling a speech by John Derbyshire, who was to have presented his views here on Monday night. The college didn’t invite Derbyshire, but I have made it clear to the students who did that the college will not provide a platform for him. Continue reading »

Dean of the College Appointment

I’m delighted to report that, after consultation with the Faculty Steering Committee, I have asked Marlene Sandstrom, Hales Professor of Psychology and last year’s director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford (WEPO), to serve as dean of the college, and she has accepted. Continue reading »

Caring for Community

The solidarity our students and other community members showed yesterday for their peers on other campuses was an inspiring demonstration of support. It was also an important reminder of all the work still to be done—here and everywhere—to create a society that’s free of discrimination, in which all members are valued and have equal opportunities to thrive. Continue reading »

Value Proposition

To the Williams Community, Williams—the very idea of it, as well as this beautiful campus—has endured for more than 200 years. And for all of those years since our founding, each time we’ve welcomed a new group of first-year students and started the semester with great excitement and anticipation, the… Continue reading »

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