The Passing of Bob Peck

Williams faculty and staff, It is my sad duty to inform you that retired Director of Athletics Bob Peck passed away last Friday, October 15. Bob ran our athletics program from 1971 to 2001, a time of enormous change at Williams. Most notably he oversaw the transformation of our athletics… Continue reading »

The Passing of Dorothea Hanson

With sadness, Williams notes the passing of retired staff member Dorothea Hanson on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Dorothea joined the college in 1972 as a Foreign Student Advisor and held several titles over the course of three decades, before retiring in 1991 as Assistant to the Director of the Center… Continue reading »

The Passing of Chet Lasell

Williams faculty and staff, I write with sad news that Chester “Chet” Lasell ’58, director of alumni relations from 1992 to 1998, passed away on Sunday, September 12.  Remembered for his generous spirit and unwavering commitment to the college, Chet oversaw all alumni relations… Continue reading »

The Passing of Ben Labaree

Williams faculty and staff, I write to share the sad news that Ben Labaree, Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Emeritus, and founder of the Williams-Mystic Coastal and Ocean Studies Program, passed away Monday night at the age of 94. Born in New… Continue reading »

Williams signs urgent appeal for Afghanistan

On behalf of Williams, President Mandel signed a letter today, calling on the Biden Administration and Congress to take urgent action to help Afghanistan’s scholars, students, and civil society actors. The letter was organized by Scholars at Risk (SAR). Williams was also part of a nationwide network of schools… Continue reading »

The Passing of Patricia Mancuso

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that retired staff member Patricia Mancuso passed away on Monday, July 12, at her home in North Adams. She was 80.  Pat, as she was known to many in the Williams community, was… Continue reading »

Vaccinations and exemptions information

Dear Williams faculty and staff, Congratulations to you all on a successful end to an academic year unlike any other. This message explains how to document your vaccination or request an exemption. As Maud explained in her June 1 email, faculty and staff must complete one of these two… Continue reading »

Announcing tentative in-person plan for Fall 2021

Williams students, faculty and staff, I’m writing to announce that, if trends continue as predicted and hoped for, we’re planning to open for a fully in-person Williams Fall 2021 semester. I’m happy to think about the possibility and hope you are, too. This is a tentative plan. If… Continue reading »

Regarding the Wood house party and aftermath

Williams students, faculty and staff, In the aftermath of the party at Wood House I want to share an informational update. As importantly, I also want to take this opportunity to reflect after an awful week for many of us. Here are a few facts before I turn to broader… Continue reading »

Regarding an unsafe party on campus last night

Williams students (this is being copied to faculty and staff), An estimated 80 to 100 people gathered for a party inside Wood House last night. When Campus Safety arrived on scene the attendees fled. CSS noted that many people at the party were either completely without masks or were wearing… Continue reading »

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