Writings and Remarks

To Alumni: A Message from Williams President Maud S. Mandel

To the Williams alumni family, Earlier today I sent a community-wide message, a copy of which you will find below, announcing the decision to cancel this spring’s in-person commencement and alumni reunion. However disappointing, the news is unlikely to come as a surprise, and we can now begin looking at… Continue reading »

Decisions about 2020 Commencement and Reunion

Williams students, families, faculty and staff, Over the last few weeks Williams has been assessing the question of whether or not to hold commencement and reunion, in light of the pandemic’s progress and impact. I have decided, reluctantly and with significant disappointment, that the college cannot safely hold a traditional… Continue reading »

Focusing on the college’s mission amidst economic challenges

To the Williams community, COVID-19 has brought extraordinary changes to the college. Two months ago, we were enjoying winter study, engaging in strategic planning, and preparing for the spring semester. Today, only essential staff and a small number of students remain on campus, we are transitioning to remote work and… Continue reading »

Announcement about pass-fail decision

Dear Williams community, We have entered into an unprecedented period in national and global history. Clearly, for Williams this has also been a historically challenging moment: one which has forced actions we never imagined would be needed. I know that members of the Williams community are doing the utmost to… Continue reading »

Developments for Williams and Williamstown

To the Williams community, Many of you have written to express concern about the pandemic’s effects on our community, including the college closure and its impact on the local economy. As you may know, hotels across the northern Berkshires are seeing reservations drop to near zero. Most such establishments in… Continue reading »

A thank you to our faculty and staff

Dear Williams faculty and staff, The last two weeks have been among the most challenging of my career, and, I can only presume, of yours as well. Thank you for all you have done to help with our difficult transition. Many students and families have told me that, in a moment… Continue reading »

The Passing of Jean Zabek

To the Williams community, It is my sad duty to share the news that retired student medical services secretary Jean Zabek passed away on Thursday, March 5, at Williamstown Commons. She was 76. Born and raised in Adams, she came to Williams in 1985 and served the Health Services Office… Continue reading »

Important COVID-19 update

Williams students, faculty and staff, I came to Williams 18 months ago, with great enthusiasm, to lead the college forward. I now find myself in the unenviable position of pausing that momentum. I am writing with deep regret to inform you that Williams College will end in-person classes… Continue reading »

Additional steps for COVID-19 prevention and mitigation

Williams students, faculty and staff, The COVID-19 virus is continuing to spread nationally, including a confirmed case in Clarksburg, MA, 7 miles east of Williams, and another in Bennington, VT. I am writing today to announce further steps to protect campus and prepare for the possibility that a case occurs… Continue reading »