Letters from the President

Announcing the Working Group on Returning for Fall 2020

Dear members of the Williams Community, As I wrote in a letter last week, I am in the process of establishing two working groups, one focused on identifying the operational requirements of opening and successfully returning for a residential fall semester, and the other focused on what would be… Continue reading »

Timeline and process for deciding about Fall 2020

Williams faculty, staff and students, In higher education, a great deal of attention is now shifting to the questions of whether schools will reopen in the fall and what reopening might look like. Uncertainty about these and so many issues is hampering decision-making for the entire college community. I want… Continue reading »

Summary of the April 2020 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, The Williams Board of Trustees held their April meeting virtually last week. While the format was novel, the proceedings were characterized by the Board’s abiding concern for the college. They expressed their gratitude for the courage and creativity with which we are all continuing our… Continue reading »

Welcome to the restart of Spring 2020 semester

Williams students, faculty and staff, It has become a Williams tradition for the president to send a start of semester message on the first day of the fall and spring terms. Today I want to offer what I’ll call a “restart of semester” message, with good wishes for you all. Continue reading »

To Alumni: A Message from Williams President Maud S. Mandel

To the Williams alumni family, Earlier today I sent a community-wide message, a copy of which you will find below, announcing the decision to cancel this spring’s in-person commencement and alumni reunion. However disappointing, the news is unlikely to come as a surprise, and we can now begin looking at… Continue reading »

Decisions about 2020 Commencement and Reunion

Williams students, families, faculty and staff, Over the last few weeks Williams has been assessing the question of whether or not to hold commencement and reunion, in light of the pandemic’s progress and impact. I have decided, reluctantly and with significant disappointment, that the college cannot safely hold a traditional… Continue reading »

Developments for Williams and Williamstown

To the Williams community, Many of you have written to express concern about the pandemic’s effects on our community, including the college closure and its impact on the local economy. As you may know, hotels across the northern Berkshires are seeing reservations drop to near zero. Most such establishments in… Continue reading »

A thank you to our faculty and staff

Dear Williams faculty and staff, The last two weeks have been among the most challenging of my career, and, I can only presume, of yours as well. Thank you for all you have done to help with our difficult transition. Many students and families have told me that, in a moment… Continue reading »

Important COVID-19 update

Williams students, faculty and staff, I came to Williams 18 months ago, with great enthusiasm, to lead the college forward. I now find myself in the unenviable position of pausing that momentum. I am writing with deep regret to inform you that Williams College will end in-person classes… Continue reading »