Writings and Remarks

Williams-Mystic Program Update

Dear Friends of the Williams-Mystic Program, We, as leaders of Williams and the Williams-Mystic program, respectively, are writing to make you aware of the latest discussions regarding the program’s future. In April, the college administration announced that it was considering closing Williams-Mystic at the end of June 2025, when Williams’… Continue reading »

Summary of the June 2024 Board of Trustees Meeting

To the Williams community, On May 31 and June 1, the Board of Trustees held its final scheduled meeting of the 2023-24 academic year. It was timed to coincide with Commencement weekend, and many Board members participated in the festivities. After our busy but celebratory graduation and reunion season, I… Continue reading »

Followup after today’s suspicious package incident

Williams students, faculty and staff, Earlier today, the campus community was informed of a suspicious package in Wachenheim. Responders ultimately determined that it was not dangerous. In the wake of this afternoon’s emergency messages, I want to follow up by providing further information. There are limits on what I can… Continue reading »

Encampment has ended

Dear Williams community, Yesterday afternoon, students involved in the encampment disassembled their tents and ended their presence on the Williams Quad. Later this month, the Board of Trustees will meet with representatives from the protest to hear their perspective on the issues that motivated their actions. That meeting will coincide… Continue reading »

Protest encampment: Reaffirming Monday’s principles

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, Early this morning, a group of students set up an encampment on the Williams Quad. They have communicated demands that the college commit to “Implement increased transparency and ethical practices across the college’s financial strategy,” and “Divest the college’s endowment from weapons manufacturers supplying… Continue reading »

Campus activism and the Code of Conduct

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, Protest encampments on college and university campuses have recently captured national attention. We have reason to believe that some Williams students may be considering a comparable action here. At Williams, we encourage students to use their minds, and their voices, to develop and express… Continue reading »