About the search

During the summer of 2017, President Adam Falk announced his plans to leave Williams and become president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Board of Trustees promptly initiated a plan to seek his successor, Williams’ 18th president. This website is designed to share information about the search effort and provide ways to contribute to the effort.

The Trustees appointed Board chair Michael Eisenson ’77 to lead the search and convene a Presidential Search Committee. That committee, whose charge is to present to the Board one or more exceptional and thoroughly vetted candidates for president, includes alumni, faculty, staff, students, and parents among its members, as well as Trustees. Committee members are committed, both individually and collectively, to ensuring that every member of the Williams community has an opportunity to give input with respect to qualities that we should be seeking, as well as to offer nominations.

The Board has furthermore retained a senior team from Spencer Stuart, a national executive search firm with expertise in higher education leadership searches, to assist Williams in the process. Spencer Stuart has been involved in numerous recent and successful academic searches at the highest levels, including many at top liberal arts colleges and leading research universities.

The search process itself has been carefully designed to include diverse opportunities for community input. Committee members and Spencer Stuart representatives hosted campus meetings and listening sessions in the fall of 2017. And the entire Williams community was invited to share their ideas and nominations via a survey and specially-designated, confidential email address. We encourage every Williams faculty or staff member, student, graduate or parent to take advantage of these opportunities.

With everyone’s help, Williams will recruit an outstanding 18th president to lead one of the world’s finest institutions of higher learning—a place each of us holds dear, and which is worthy of our interest and support.