Dear Faculty and Staff,
In addition to the upcoming change in senior administration that I recently wrote to you about, there will also be an important transition involving the Board of Trustees.
This summer will bring to a conclusion the 12-year term of Greg Avis ’80, and with it his six years as chair. His many accomplishments in that role include partnering with campus leaders in guiding the college through the financial downturn, which Williams weathered more successfully than its peers. I’m especially grateful for Greg’s leadership of the board through a presidential transition. And he’s been instrumental in the completion of the Hollander and Schapiro Hall projects and with moving forward with Sawyer Library, Kellogg House, and Weston Field. Over these years, he’s devoted a great deal of time to getting to know faculty, staff, and students.
He will be succeeded as chair by Michael Eisenson ’77. Michael came to Williams as a first-generation student; earned both a J.D. and M.B.A at Yale; and is now CEO of Charlesbank Capital Partners in Boston. He’s been actively involved with the college for many years, including in leadership roles with his class’s 25th reunion effort and with the college’s last two comprehensive campaigns. He also spearheaded the work that led to the creation in 2006 of the Williams Investment Office. Since becoming a trustee in 2007, he’s gained experience on a wide variety of board committees, including as chair of the Investment Committee.
I can tell you that the position of board chair is a demanding one. As we go about the college’s daily work, it’s worth pausing for a moment to acknowledge that this work is made possible in significant part by the often unseen efforts of such particularly dedicated and able people as Greg and Michael.