Writings

Standing with Charlottesville, and against racism

To the Williams Community, As many of you know, this weekend violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists staging a “Unite the Right” rally and anti-racist counter-protestors. Many people were injured and one counter-protestor was murdered. The violence occurred on and near the University of Virginia campus. The events… Continue reading »

Considering our history as an institution

To the Williams community, I’m pleased to announce that the final report from the Committee on Campus Space and Institutional History (CSIH) is available on the president’s office website. As you may recall, in convening the Committee we wanted to engage the entire community in a consideration of the… Continue reading »

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Appointment

To the Williams Community, As provost and president, respectively, we’re delighted to announce, following a national search, the appointment of Liz Creighton ’01 as dean of admission and financial aid. Liz, who currently serves as deputy director of admission, will assume the new role May 15. This is a… Continue reading »

Vice President for College Relations Appointment

To the Williams Community, I’m pleased to write with the news that, after a national search, Megan Morey will join Williams as our next Vice President for College Relations. Her first day will be May 1. Megan currently serves in an analogous role at Amherst College, as chief advancement officer. Continue reading »

Creating Community

To the Williams Community, On this first day of this new semester, I’m reflecting on the meaning of community, both the one here at Williams and the many communities, local and national, that we’re a part of. Recent events are testing that sense of community—of cohesiveness and mutual collegiality. Especially… Continue reading »

Response to Executive Order on Immigration

To the Williams Community, On Friday President Trump signed an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” It declared numerous changes in American immigration policy, including an immediate 90-day ban on entry into the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia,… Continue reading »