Writings and Remarks

Update on coronavirus measures

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, Steve Klass and I are writing with this week’s update about the novel coronavirus outbreak. There haven’t been any major developments on campus in the last week, but the college is continuing to closely monitor the situation, including updates from the… Continue reading »

The Passing of George LeFave

To the Williams community, It is my sad duty to inform you that retired custodian George Francis LeFave passed away on Thursday, January 30, at his home in North Adams. He was 87. A North Adams native, he was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the U.S. Continue reading »

Welcome to the Spring 2020 semester!

Dear students, faculty and staff, It’s spring! Well… spring semester, anyway. The ground is still frozen, the days are too short, but the process of renewal is underway. Every season in the Berkshires has its pleasures, but it’s a special time at Williams when the coats and boots come off… Continue reading »

The Passing of Robert Kove

To the Williams community, I write with the sad news that retired museum monitor Robert “Bob” Kove passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, January 27. He was 85. An Albany native, he graduated from Siena College with a degree in chemistry, and then served in the U.S. Marine… Continue reading »

Announcing our next dean of faculty

To the Williams community, I am pleased to report that, after consulting with the Faculty Steering Committee, I have offered Professor of Psychology Safa Zaki the position of Dean of the Faculty, and she has accepted. Safa will assume her new role on July 1. In her… Continue reading »

Summary of the January 2020 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, The Williams Board of Trustees held their January meeting last Friday and Saturday. I’m pleased to summarize for you some of the topics and votes. Reports from past meetings are always available on the News from the Board website. Last week’s… Continue reading »

The Passing of John Anderson

To the Williams community, It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of retired museum security officer John R. Anderson, who passed away on Friday, January 3, in Dalton. He was 88. John was born in Quincy, Mass., and attended local schools. A veteran of the Korean… Continue reading »

The Passing of William Grant

To the Williams community, I write today with sad news of a retired faculty member who has passed away. William “Bill” Chase Grant Jr., professor of biology, who taught at the college for 35 years, died on November 28. He was 95. Born in Baltimore, Md., Bill served three years… Continue reading »

Gaudino Scholar appointment

To the Williams community, I am pleased to report that Jason Josephson Storm, professor of religion, has agreed to serve as the college’s next Gaudino Scholar. His three-year appointment to this post will begin July 1, 2020. Jason will be the 17th faculty member to hold… Continue reading »