Writings and Remarks

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 »

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 »