Letters from the President

Welcome to the start of Fall 2022

Williams students, faculty and staff, I’m pleased to welcome you all to Williams for the new semester. It’s exciting to feel the energy of this particular moment in the year, as our community returns and is renewed. In that spirit I offer a special greeting to… Continue reading »

Williams joins amicus brief defending race-conscious college admissions

President Mandel has contributed Williams’ support to an amici curiae brief, submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court by thirty-three private, highly selective residential colleges. The brief argues that narrowly tailored race-conscious admissions practices remain essential to the educational benefits that result from diversity in higher education. The signers submitted… Continue reading »

Summary of the June 2022 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear Williams community, The Board of Trustees held their June 2022 meeting here last week, in sync with Commencement weekend. They conducted the following business: I reported on implementation of the strategic plan to date. My overview highlighted a number of priorities on which we have already made real progress,… Continue reading »

WCMA Architect Announcement

Photo of SO-IL architects. From left, Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg.

To the Williams Community, I write, with pleasure, to announce that the college has chosen SO-IL architects to develop a conceptual design for the new Williams College Museum of Art building. SO-IL was recommended by the 12-member Architect Selection Committee… Continue reading »

Regarding the racist murders in Buffalo

Dear Williams community, In the wake of the horrific shooting in Buffalo, I write to add my voice to those raised in anger over anti-Black racism in this country. Once again, someone espousing theories of white supremacy has murdered and injured… Continue reading »

Summary of the April 2022 Board of trustees meeting

Dear Williams community, Last Friday and Saturday our Board of Trustees met in person for the first time in more than two years. They were thrilled to return to campus after such a long absence, and as part of their visit they met with various offices and campus groups… Continue reading »