Writings and Remarks

Vaccinations and exemptions information

Dear Williams faculty and staff, Congratulations to you all on a successful end to an academic year unlike any other. This message explains how to document your vaccination or request an exemption. As Maud explained in her June 1 email, faculty and staff must complete one of these two… Continue reading »

Thank you, colleagues!

Dear faculty and staff colleagues, What a year! I am writing to thank you for all the effort and care you put into making 2020-21 a tremendous success! Last summer, the task before us seemed Herculean: we had to re-think every process, course and program. We had to build a… Continue reading »

The Passing of Peter Anderson

To the Williams community, We just learned the sad news that Peter Anderson, an electrician at the college, passed away unexpectedly in the early hours this morning.  A resident of North Adams, Pete attended local schools and graduated from Mount Greylock Regional High School… Continue reading »

Increase in size limit for outdoor gatherings

Williams students, faculty and staff, Effective immediately, I am increasing the limit on outdoor campus gatherings from 10 people to 25. As an editorial in today’s Record pointed out, the college had retained a more stringent rule on outdoor gatherings than state guidance. After considering the editorial… Continue reading »

CDC announcement and Williams public health rules

Williams students, faculty and staff, Like many of you, the members of Senior Staff and I were excited by yesterday’s CDC announcement that vaccinated people are at no risk from unmasking or relaxed social distancing. Also like many of you, we quickly began thinking about what the news meant… Continue reading »

The Passing of Kenneth Roberts

To the Williams community, I am writing to share the sad news that Kenneth C. Roberts Jr., the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Music, Emeritus, passed away on Monday, May 10. Ken joined the faculty in 1962 and, over the course of 40 years, guided generations of Williams students to… Continue reading »

Planning our return to campus workplaces

Williams staff and faculty, With vaccination efforts well underway and the public health outlook stable, we’ll soon begin the process of re-opening the campus. This includes asking those of you who’ve been working remotely to return, joining those who have already been working on campus during the last year. Since… Continue reading »

Draft strategic plan for community review

Williams faculty, staff and students, After a two-year process and a one-year pause for the pandemic, I’m pleased to share a near-final draft of the college’s strategic plan. I invite you to read the draft between now and the end of May. The Board of… Continue reading »