Letters from the President

Considering the Log Mural

To the Williams Community, 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,… Continue reading »

On Transition and Change

To the Williams Community, A college—even one as steeped in history and tradition as Williams—can’t exist without changing. Indeed, we’re constantly evolving and growing, and of course that’s true of us as individuals as well as of this great community.  So it is that we find ourselves… Continue reading »

Provost Appointment

To the Williams Community, 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

To the Williams Community, 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… Continue reading »

Will Dudley Named President of Washington and Lee University

To the Williams Community, It’s happened again. The wise folks at another institution of higher education—this time Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.—have recognized the exceptional talent, wisdom, and leadership of someone in our midst and decided to make that person their next president. It’s Will… Continue reading »

Building Williams

To the Williams Community, On the first day of this spring semester, I’m thinking about the important work of building. There’s the literal kind, of which we’ve seen a lot lately, that has involved the reuse of some well-worn and beloved spaces on campus—Chapin Hall transformed into a… Continue reading »

Dean of the College Appointment

To the Williams Community, 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 »

Considering Historical Representations on Campus

To the Williams Community, Built over a period of more than two centuries, the Williams campus is a collection of structures old and new. We are fortunate to have been bequeathed such a remarkably diverse set of facilities, and in our commitment to sustainability we renovate and reuse… Continue reading »

Caring for Community

To the Williams 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… Continue reading »

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