Letters from the President

Planning for an in-person fall semester

Williams faculty, staff and students, Some of you have understandably started to inquire about plans for the fall term. People are wondering whether the college will make changes in response to the rise of the Delta variant, emerging data on breakthrough infections or the CDC’s newly-revised… Continue reading »

Thank you, colleagues!

Dear faculty and staff colleagues, What a year! I am writing to thank you for all the effort and care you put into making 2020-21 a tremendous success! Last summer, the task before us seemed Herculean: we had to re-think every process, course and program. We had to build a… Continue reading »

Increase in size limit for outdoor gatherings

Williams students, faculty and staff, Effective immediately, I am increasing the limit on outdoor campus gatherings from 10 people to 25. As an editorial in today’s Record pointed out, the college had retained a more stringent rule on outdoor gatherings than state guidance. After considering the editorial… Continue reading »

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 »

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 »