Interim President Protik Majumder

Welcome to Williams! As a longtime faculty member and now interim president, it’s my pleasure to invite you to explore this website to learn more about one of the world’s great liberal arts colleges: our academic strengths, our distinctive mission, our remarkable history and people.

The Williams community, as we think of it, welcomes individuals from all backgrounds and perspectives who share a commitment to inquiry and education. We may hail from different places or espouse different points of view, but we aim to appreciate those differences while also working toward mutual understanding. What unites us in this effort is our shared commitment to the exceptional learning that happens in such a diverse community.

As an experimental scientist, I can attest to the many ways in which Williams combines the best aspects of a large research university with the intimacy and intellectual rigor of a liberal arts college. Our students enjoy varied opportunities for collaborative research, closely mentored by outstanding teacher-scholars. The education we provide equips students to achieve significant success in their chosen professions, and equally significant impacts in their communities and the world at large.

As someone who grew up in western Massachusetts, I also want to emphasize the unique benefits of studying in the Berkshires. A Williams education offers chances to focus closely on one’s studies, and then to turn and just as readily enjoy the outdoors, immerse oneself in world-renowned visual and performing arts, or connect to people in New York, Boston, and across the globe.

Williams is a special place, filled with special people. It’s a wonderful place to live, to learn, and to grow, and I’m grateful for the new opportunity to serve as the college’s interim leader.

Protik (Tiku) Majumder
Interim President and Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy