Letters from the President

Regarding an unsafe party on campus last night

Williams students (this is being copied to faculty and staff), An estimated 80 to 100 people gathered for a party inside Wood House last night. When Campus Safety arrived on scene the attendees fled. CSS noted that many people at the party were either completely without masks or were wearing… Continue reading »

Starting Our Spring Semester

Williams faculty, staff and students, Welcome to the start of the Spring 2021 semester. When I wrote last February’s message, people were coming and going in the usual bustle of campus life. Few could have predicted what the ensuing twelve months would bring. Now here we are on the cusp… Continue reading »

Response to Alumni Against Anti-Blackness (A3)

Dear Jallicia, Effua, Rebecca, Teal, Ashley, Suji, Mijon and Mike, I want to thank you, as the dedicated Ephs who have organized the Alumni Against Anti-Blackness (A3) effort, and the many others who have signed on in solidarity. I share many of your specific concerns about… Continue reading »

The retirement of Fred Puddester

To the Williams community, I write to tell you that Fred Puddester, Vice President for Finance and Administration, has informed me of his plans to retire in August 2021. I wanted to take a moment to share this news and pay tribute to some of Fred’s many contributions to Williams. Continue reading »

Announcing plans for spring return and commencement 2021

Williams students, faculty and staff, This message includes what we hope will be good news about spring return and commencement. To jump straight to the heart of things, we’re confirming that Williams will start spring semester as previously scheduled, including on-campus study for those already approved for that status. And… Continue reading »

Summary of the January 2021 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, I am pleased to share a summary of proceedings from the winter 2021 Board of Trustees meeting, which was held virtually last Friday, January 22. Taking a cue from our faculty, the Trustees decided to “flip” some parts of the meeting by having us send… Continue reading »

Rededicating ourselves to democracy

To the Williams community, Yesterday a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, disrupting the essential business of government, compromising our national security and sparking widespread fear. Many of the nation’s leaders have responded by proclaiming “this is not who we are.” I want to agree, but the rioters were fellow Americans… Continue reading »

Thank you for the semester so far

Williams students, staff and faculty, Yesterday was an important day on the Williams calendar. It was not a holiday or a study day or an anniversary. Indeed, the semester isn’t yet complete. But November 23, 2020, was nevertheless an important milestone. And as with any milestone it’s worth pausing to… Continue reading »

Sad news of a student death

Williams students, faculty and staff, I am writing to share the deeply upsetting news that one of our students, Jackson Ronningen ’24, died this weekend in California. Jackson was a first year student who came to study in person this fall, then switched to remote study in… Continue reading »