Letters from the President

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 »

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 »

Covid rates and public health measures on campus

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, We’re writing with important news about Covid rates and measures on campus. As of today the college has recorded six positive Covid tests among students in the last seven days. Five are reported on our Covid dashboard, and the sixth will be posted in… Continue reading »

Initial details of our Spring 2021 Commencement plan

Dear Williams Seniors, This letter shares some basic early information about our Spring 2021 Senior Celebration. It’s being shared with the whole campus, since we know many people other than seniors are interested. It will also be forwarded to families this evening. We’re pleased to tell you that, as planned, an… Continue reading »

Announcing tentative in-person plan for Fall 2021

Williams students, faculty and staff, I’m writing to announce that, if trends continue as predicted and hoped for, we’re planning to open for a fully in-person Williams Fall 2021 semester. I’m happy to think about the possibility and hope you are, too. This is a tentative plan. If… Continue reading »

Supporting Asian and Asian-American Members of Our Community

To the Williams Community, Since the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020, Asian and Asian-American communities around the country have increasingly been subjected to anti-Asian discriminaton and hate crimes. Iona Cheng, Noel Quintana, Vicha Ratanapakdee. These are names you may have read in the news this year. Each… Continue reading »

Regarding the Wood house party and aftermath

Williams students, faculty and staff, In the aftermath of the party at Wood House I want to share an informational update. As importantly, I also want to take this opportunity to reflect after an awful week for many of us. Here are a few facts before I turn to broader… Continue reading »