Letters from the President

Welcome to the Spring 2020 semester!

Dear students, faculty and staff, It’s spring! Well… spring semester, anyway. The ground is still frozen, the days are too short, but the process of renewal is underway. Every season in the Berkshires has its pleasures, but it’s a special time at Williams when the coats and boots come off… Continue reading »

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 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 »

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 »

Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Inquiry and Inclusion

To the Williams community, In November 2018 I charged an ad hoc committee with recommending to me “a set of speaker invitation guidelines that would demonstrate our full commitment to both inquiry and inclusion.” The committee has delivered their report, and it’s my pleasure to direct you to it on the … Continue reading »