Writings and Remarks

Annual Update on Environmental Initiatives

Dear Williams students, faculty, and staff, I write with this annual update on our environmental initiatives after a summer of especially stark reminders about the effects and challenges of a changing climate. Record-high global heat and ocean temperatures, wildfires, torrential rain, and hail storms have upset human health and security,… Continue reading »

Welcome to the start of Fall 2023!

Williams students, faculty and staff, Welcome to the new academic year. After the relative quiet of summer in Williamstown, it’s exciting to see you all bring the campus back to life. To everyone who’s returning… or never left: I hope you enjoyed your summer, whether you were completing an internship… Continue reading »

College Budget and Financial Planning

Dear Williams faculty and staff, We are sincerely grateful to everyone who contributed to the college’s budget process this past year. We know that identifying the equivalent of a 15 percent reduction in manager’s budgets for the upcoming 2024 fiscal year was difficult in many ways, and we appreciate the… Continue reading »

Summary of the June 2023 Board of Trustees meeting

To the Williams community, The Board of Trustees convened June 2-3 for their meeting in conjunction with Commencement. It was a full, productive and enjoyable weekend. We were joined for this meeting by two incoming members of Senior Staff: Kimberly A. ’96 and Robert R. ’62 Henry Professor of Economics… Continue reading »

Graffiti on Haystack Monument

Williams faculty, staff, students, Just after Saturday midnight a Campus Safety officer, responding to a report, found that the Haystack Monument in Mission Park had been defaced with spray-painted graffiti. The graffiti included an obscenity along with the words and phrases “Pagan Rule,” “Blood,” “Ouch,” and “Hail Satan.”… Continue reading »

Towne Field House update

To the Williams community, As you know, last month Towne Field House, a multi-purpose athletic facility that includes the college’s indoor track, was closed indefinitely after engineers identified structural concerns. We are writing to share updates on our work to meet the… Continue reading »

Summary of the April 2023 Board of Trustees meeting

To the Williams community, The Board of Trustees convened for their April 2023 meeting here last week. Following is a high-level summary of the topics they covered during sessions all day Friday and Saturday morning. The Board heard and discussed a presentation by Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services… Continue reading »