You’re invited to Claiming Williams next Thursday

Williams students, faculty and staff, It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in Claiming Williams next Thursday, February 2, 2023. For those new to the college, Claiming Williams was created in 2008 when students, joined by staff and faculty, responded to a series of racist and sexist… Continue reading »

Summary of the January 2023 Board of Trustees meeting

To the Williams community, The Board of Trustees convened on campus last Friday and Saturday for their January 2023 meeting. I want to offer my usual summary of the business they conducted during the meeting. The Board’s plenary sessions fell into two broad categories: one group was devoted to imagining… Continue reading »

The retirement of CIO Collette Chilton

To the Williams community, I write to announce that Chief Investment Officer Collette Chilton will retire from Williams at the end of calendar year 2023. Everyone who has been at Williams over the last sixteen years has benefited from Collette’s work, but relatively few know to whom credit is due. Continue reading »

The Passing of Janice Evans

Williams mourns the loss of retired staff member Janice Evans, who died at her home in Clarksburg last Wednesday, December 14. She was 73 years old. Janice joined Williams as as the Human Resources Secretary in late 1986. She continued in that role, with a later title change, retiring as… Continue reading »

Winter weather advisory and plans for tomorrow

Hello everyone, I’ve been reassigned from weekly COVID updates to the weather desk. Here’s important information about expected campus impact from the snowstorm that’s forecast to start this afternoon: The Albany office of the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Watch from later today through Saturday… Continue reading »

The Death of Jay M. Pasachoff

Williams faculty, staff and students, I write, as promised, with a tribute to the late Jay M. Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor and Chair of Astronomy and Director of the Hopkins Observatory, who died from lung cancer on Sunday. In an obituary earlier this week, The New York Times paid… Continue reading »

Toward a more inclusive community

Dear Williams community, In the last few days, I have been troubled by things I have seen and read on our campus. Earlier this week, a member of staff found a college space defaced with an anti-Black racial slur. It’s unacceptable that twice in… Continue reading »

The Death of John Chandler

To the Williams community, Williams College has lost a giant of our history. It is with a heavy heart that I write to say that John Wesley Chandler, our 12th president, who served from 1973 to 1985, passed away peacefully early this morning, just a few weeks shy of his… Continue reading »