The Death of Norman R. Petersen, Jr.

To the Williams community, I write to honor the memory of Norman R. Petersen, Jr., Washington Gladden Professor of Religion, Emeritus, who passed away on March 26 at the age of 90. Born in Chicago in 1933, Norman lived in several places as a child (when asked to name his… Continue reading »

The Death of Frances Cutler

To the Williams community, Williams mourns the death of College Librarian, Emerita, Phyllis Cutler, who passed away on March 5 at the age of 95. Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Louis and Sadie Nanes, Phyllis earned her B.A. in biology from Harvard in 1962 and planned to… Continue reading »

In Commemoration of Steve Sheppard

Williams faculty and staff colleagues, I write with the promised commemoration of our colleague, Steve Sheppard, Class of 2012 Professor of Economics, who passed away on March 2, 2024, at the age of 69. Steve joined the Williams faculty in 2000, after starting his career in faculty positions at Virginia… Continue reading »

In Commemoration of Bernie Bucky

Williams colleagues, I write, as promised, to commemorate the late Jean-Bernard (Bernie) Bucky, William Dwight Whitney Professor of Theatre, Emeritus. Bernie died on February 13 as a result of complications from an automobile accident and subsequent fall. He was 86. Bernie was born in Paris in 1937, to Gerhard and… Continue reading »

Caring for Ourselves and Each Other

Dear Students, We are reaching out with some thoughts about how our community is moving forward following last week’s tragedy. Reactions after loss vary. Crises of many kinds can disrupt one’s sense of predictability, security and safety. Restoring these feelings is important and happens in different ways for different people. Continue reading »

The Death of Charlie Kerzner

Williams students, faculty and staff, I write to mourn the passing of Charles “Charlie” Nathan Hawkins Kerzner, of Sheffield, MA. Charlie originally enrolled at Williams in the fall of 2018 and died on January 26, 2024. The college recently learned of their passing. At Williams, Charlie… Continue reading »

The Retirement of Keli Gail

Williams faculty, students and staff, As promised in my Board summary email, I want to pay tribute to Keli Gail, Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College, who has announced her plan to retire this July. While this requires another long email in a week of such… Continue reading »

The Death of Kurt Tauber

The funeral will be held at the Thompson Memorial Chapel in Williamstown at 860 Main St., on February 8, 2024, beginning at 12:45 and will be live-streamed at: To the Williams Community, I write to commemorate the Williams career of Class of 1924 Professor of… Continue reading »

Welcome to the start of the Spring 2024 semester

Williams students, faculty and staff, Over Winter Study I had the pleasure of co-teaching a course on higher education leadership and communications. It was a joy to explore ideas of mutual interest with some of our wonderful students. I was reminded, as I always am when I get back in… Continue reading »