Writings and Remarks

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 »

Regarding last night’s disruptive incident

Dear Williams community, Yesterday, the College hosted the final program in a three-part series on the war in Gaza and the international context. Toward the end of the evening, students shouted down the speakers with loud chanting, only departing after several minutes of disruption. A few minutes later, two other… Continue reading »

Summary of the April 2024 Board of Trustees Meeting

To the Williams community, I write to share my usual summary of the recent Board of Trustees meeting. Last weekend, in addition to their working sessions, the Trustees joined faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends in celebrating the new Davis Center. During the weekend we also honored Professor Joseph… Continue reading »

Caring for Ourselves and Each Other

Dear Students, We are reaching out with some thoughts about how our community is moving forward following last week’s tragedy. Reactions after loss vary. Crises of many kinds can disrupt one’s sense of predictability, security and safety. Restoring these feelings is important and happens in different ways for different people. Continue reading »

Sad news from Williams

Dear Williams parents and families, Your student may have shared the sad news about a student who died on the Williams campus yesterday. The death of a student is heartbreaking to parents, students and all of us. We are now taking the atypical step of reaching out directly to you:… Continue reading »