Writings and Remarks

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 »

The Passing of Francis Ogert

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that retired staff member Francis Ogert, who worked in Dining Services for more than 20 years, passed away on December 8 at Hillcrest Commons. He was 80.  Born in North Adams, he enjoyed… 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 »

Hate letter sent to staff member

Williams students, faculty and staff, We’re writing to inform you that a member of college staff has been the recipient of a hateful letter at their home. They were targeted based on their race and sexual orientation in an effort to intimidate and instill fear. We’ve been… Continue reading »

Living, Learning

The world’s issues have always been Williams’ issues. Our campus may be tucked away in the northwestern corner of Massachusetts, but the college and our people are continually shaped by broad social crosscurrents. Through our educational work, and our moral and political agency, we can influence that larger world in… Continue reading »

Winter Shutdown dates for 2020-21

Williams staff and faculty, I’m pleased to inform you that Senior Staff and I are lengthening the college’s winter shutdown on a one-time basis for this year. Assuming there are no events that require a late change of plans, shutdown will begin on Monday, December 21, 2020, and continue through… Continue reading »

Get involved: Election-related activities at Williams

Williams students, staff and faculty, With early voting about to begin in our area, I’m writing to encourage every member of our community to exercise their right to vote and take part in the political process. No matter which party, candidate or ideology you may support, the state of our… Continue reading »

Summary of the October 2020 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, I’m pleased to share a summary of proceedings from the fall Board of Trustees meeting, held last Friday, October 9, 2020. Our October meeting wound up coinciding with Mountain Day, so I unfortunately wasn’t unable to participate in campus events. But I heard good reports… Continue reading »