Letters from the President

Summary of the January 2019 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, Last week was the January meeting of the Board of Trustees. The board covered topics that it reviews on an annual basis, like the comprehensive fee and a risk management update, as well as current issues of special interest. First, I’m pleased to announce that… Continue reading »

Update: Ad hoc committee on speakers, inquiry and inclusion

Williams faculty, staff and students, As I noted in an all-campus message before break, “Williams, like campuses across the United States, has engaged in debate about how to bolster its commitment to free expression while maintaining its responsibility to ensure an inclusive environment for all community members.” In that same message… Continue reading »

Inquiry and Inclusion

To the Williams community, Over the last several months, Williams, like campuses across the United States, has engaged in debate about how to bolster its commitment to free expression while maintaining its responsibility to ensure an inclusive environment for all community members. In late November I… Continue reading »

Strategic planning update

To the Williams community, In the last several months we’ve held faculty, staff and student forums to discuss strategic planning at Williams. Now I’d like to provide information about the project for the campus community. The most important news is that a Coordinating Committee has been formed to guide the… Continue reading »

Summary of the October 2018 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, The Williams Board of Trustees held their regular fall meeting last Friday and Saturday. I’d like to briefly summarize the topics they covered and a few notable discussions and votes. Every year, the Trustees devote time to learning about important college issues… Continue reading »

Beginning our first semester together

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, It’s my pleasure to welcome everyone to the start of a new semester—my first at Williams and the first for some of you, as well. Since arriving in July, my family and I have been busy getting… Continue reading »

Thank you, in my first week at Williams

To the Williams community, What a week! After more than 20 years in Rhode Island, my family and I are making the transition to our new home in Williamstown. Although a year ago we couldn’t have predicted that we’d be relocating to a new home and community, we are excited… Continue reading »

Campus support for people subject to the travel ban

Williams students, faculty and staff, On Tuesday the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s executive order strictly limiting travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven countries: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.The college is assessing the likely extent of the order’s impact on members of our community, but… Continue reading »

Welcome to a new semester at Williams

To the Williams community, Welcome to the new semester! I share with all of you the excitement and sense of possibility that accompanies these moments every year. There’s a certain comfort in the familiar rhythm of the academic calendar, at a time when so much around us seems to defy predictability. Continue reading »

  • 1
  • 2
  • 9