Writings and Remarks

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 »

The Passing of Samuel Edgerton

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that Samuel Edgerton, Jr., Amos Lawrence Professor of Art, Emeritus, passed away on Sunday, April 25. During his 27 years at Williams, Sam contributed deeply to the life of the college. Through his… Continue reading »

The Passing of Alice Gagnier

To the Williams community, We just learned the sad news that retired staff member Alice Gagnier passed away on Tuesday, April 20, at her home in Williamstown. She was 77.  Born in Pittsfield, she attended local schools and moved to Williamstown a few years… Continue reading »

Student vaccine requirement for next fall

Williams students, faculty and staff, We are writing to inform you that, starting August 1, 2021, the college will require all undergraduate and Master’s students to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination as part of the student registration process. Exceptions will only be allowed for medical or… Continue reading »

Summary of the April 2021 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, Following is a summary from the April 2021 Board of Trustees meeting, which was held virtually last Friday, April 16. Summaries from past meetings are archived on the News from the Board website. During the meeting introduction I gave the Trustees… Continue reading »

The Passing of Wolfgang Peters

To the Williams community, I write with sad news that retired custodian Wolfgang Peters passed away on Tuesday, April 20, at Berkshire Medical Center. He was 87. Born in Pausin, Germany, he attended schools there before coming to the United States as a young… Continue reading »