Letters from the President

The retirement of Steve Klass, and news about Campus Life

To the Williams community, I’m writing to share two pieces of news. The two are related, so I appreciate your patience with a longer message than I’d usually write. First is the bittersweet announcement that Vice President for Campus Life Steve Klass has informed me of his plans to retire… Continue reading »

Summary of the October 2019 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, Last Friday and Saturday was our fall Board of Trustees’ meeting. As usual, I’d like to share a brief summary of some of the topics, discussions and votes. Past reports are always available on the News from the Board website. This meeting was the… Continue reading »

Welcome to the start of Fall 2019!

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, Welcome back! Whether you stayed at Williams or left town, I hope you had a rejuvenating few months. And to our new students, faculty and staff members: welcome to your first fall at Williams! I’m so pleased that you’re joining our community, and I’m… Continue reading »

Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Inquiry and Inclusion

To the Williams community, In November 2018 I charged an ad hoc committee with recommending to me “a set of speaker invitation guidelines that would demonstrate our full commitment to both inquiry and inclusion.” The committee has delivered their report, and it’s my pleasure to direct you to it on the … Continue reading »

Summary of the June 2019 Board meeting

This year, as always, the Board of Trustees scheduled their last meeting of the academic year to coincide with Commencement. Following is my usual brief summary of their topics and votes. You can find archived reports in the News from the Board section of … Continue reading »

College Council vote on Williams Initiative for Israel

During meetings of Williams’ College Council (CC) on April 16 and 23, 2019, CC members debated and ultimately rejected, by a 13-8 vote, a proposal to create a registered student group (RSO) called the Williams Initiative for Israel, or “WIFI.” WIFI’s constitution described its purpose as being “to… Continue reading »

Creating a healthier campus culture

Williams students, faculty and staff, I’m hearing from people throughout our community, representing a wide range of backgrounds and viewpoints, who are upset by some breakdowns in campus relations. Their perspectives are diverse: some are concerned about racism, others about a culture of open antagonism, and many about both of… Continue reading »