Writings and Remarks

Strategic Planning update: October 2019

Williams faculty, staff and students, We’re well into an active semester of Strategic Planning, so I wanted to send another update on what we’ve accomplished and what to expect. This fall, the working groups and strategic academic initiatives have held more than 120 campus outreach meetings… Continue reading »

The retirement of Steve Klass, and news about Campus Life

To the Williams community, I’m writing to share two pieces of news. The two are related, so I appreciate your patience with a longer message than I’d usually write. First is the bittersweet announcement that Vice President for Campus Life Steve Klass has informed me of his plans to retire… Continue reading »

Summary of the October 2019 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, Last Friday and Saturday was our fall Board of Trustees’ meeting. As usual, I’d like to share a brief summary of some of the topics, discussions and votes. Past reports are always available on the News from the Board website. This meeting was the… Continue reading »

The Passing of Marsha Altschuler

To the Williams community, With the passing of Marsha Altschuler, Professor of Biology, Emerita, and former chair of the biology department, on Thursday, September 12, I want to take this opportunity to recognize her many contributions to the Williams community and share a few remembrances from friends and colleagues who knew… Continue reading »

Welcome to the start of Fall 2019!

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, Welcome back! Whether you stayed at Williams or left town, I hope you had a rejuvenating few months. And to our new students, faculty and staff members: welcome to your first fall at Williams! I’m so pleased that you’re joining our community, and I’m… Continue reading »

Alumni Phonecast with President Mandel: June 2019 (audio)

Full recording of a June 13, 2019, conference call open to all Williams alumni. President Mandel discussed Williams’ future and took callers’ questions on topics ranging from strategic planning to campus politics to affordability. The call was hosted and emceed by Society of Alumni President Tom Gardner ’79. Continue reading »

The Passing of Grace Eleanor Bump

Williams staff and faculty, We just learned the sad news that retired assistant supervisor in Facilities Grace Bump passed away on Tuesday, July 16, at Williamstown Commons. She was 97. A North Adams native, she attended local schools and worked at the former Cornish Wire factory (now Cable Mills) in… Continue reading »

The Passing of Elizabeth Louise Milanesi

Williams staff and faculty, I write to share the sad news of the passing of Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Milanesi, former assistant to the College Librarian. Betty passed away at her home in North Adams on Wednesday, at the age of 81. Betty was born in 1937, the daughter of Howard… Continue reading »