Writings and Remarks

Regarding an unsafe party on campus last night

Williams students (this is being copied to faculty and staff), An estimated 80 to 100 people gathered for a party inside Wood House last night. When Campus Safety arrived on scene the attendees fled. CSS noted that many people at the party were either completely without masks or were wearing… Continue reading »

Starting Our Spring Semester

Williams faculty, staff and students, Welcome to the start of the Spring 2021 semester. When I wrote last February’s message, people were coming and going in the usual bustle of campus life. Few could have predicted what the ensuing twelve months would bring. Now here we are on the cusp… Continue reading »

Response to Alumni Against Anti-Blackness (A3)

Dear Jallicia, Effua, Rebecca, Teal, Ashley, Suji, Mijon and Mike, I want to thank you, as the dedicated Ephs who have organized the Alumni Against Anti-Blackness (A3) effort, and the many others who have signed on in solidarity. I share many of your specific concerns about… Continue reading »

The Passing of Janice Richards

Williams staff and faculty, We just learned that retired staff member Janice Richards, who was a custodian at the college for more than 20 years, passed away on January 7. She was 85. Born and raised in North Adams, she attended local schools. Known… Continue reading »

The Passing of Shirley Wolfe

Williams staff and faculty, We just learned the sad news that retired custodian Shirley Wolfe passed away on December 1 at her home in North Adams. She was 95. In light of the pandemic, we may not receive such notices as promptly as we would under normal circumstances, though I… Continue reading »

The retirement of Fred Puddester

To the Williams community, I write to tell you that Fred Puddester, Vice President for Finance and Administration, has informed me of his plans to retire in August 2021. I wanted to take a moment to share this news and pay tribute to some of Fred’s many contributions to Williams. Continue reading »

Announcing plans for spring return and commencement 2021

Williams students, faculty and staff, This message includes what we hope will be good news about spring return and commencement. To jump straight to the heart of things, we’re confirming that Williams will start spring semester as previously scheduled, including on-campus study for those already approved for that status. And… Continue reading »

Summary of the January 2021 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, I am pleased to share a summary of proceedings from the winter 2021 Board of Trustees meeting, which was held virtually last Friday, January 22. Taking a cue from our faculty, the Trustees decided to “flip” some parts of the meeting by having us send… Continue reading »

The Passing of Stephen Alcombright

To the Williams community, It is my duty to share the sad news that retired staff member Stephen Alcombright passed away on January 22 at his home in North Adams. He was a custodian at the college for more than 10 years before he retired in 2006. Born in North… Continue reading »