Writings and Remarks

Update on sustainability and strategic planning

Dear Williams students, faculty, and staff, This year has brought another depressing series of worsts in the area of climate change: the worst wildfires in California history, the second worst Atlantic hurricane season on record, and one of the worst summers for Arctic sea ice. The pandemic has disrupted almost… Continue reading »

The Passing of Nancy Samuelson

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that retired staff member Nancy Samuelson passed away on September 12 in Williamstown. She was 86. Nancy and her husband Carl came to Williams in 1966, when he took a position as the swimming and diving coach. Several years… Continue reading »

Williams Joins in Opposing U.S. Department Of Education Investigation of Princeton

Williams President Maud S. Mandel has joined more than 80 fellow college and university presidents in a statement opposing the U.S. Department of Education’s investigation of Princeton University. The federal investigation treats Princeton’s acknowledgment of systemic racism as potential evidence of the school’s violation of federal non-discrimination law. The statement,… Continue reading »

Toward racial justice and inclusion

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, Institutions of higher learning are essential contributors to the project of creating just and equitable societies. Why? Our campuses are charged with educating the next generation of leaders, providing them with the tools they need to become problem solvers and positioning them to take… Continue reading »

Starting a semester unlike any other

Dear students, faculty and staff, I’m writing today to welcome you all to the start of a new academic year—one unlike any we’ve experienced before. Over the past several months, we’ve faced extraordinary challenges in our lives and our communities. In light of these challenges, we’ve planned for… Continue reading »

The Passing of Fred Greene

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that Fred Greene, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Government, Emeritus, passed away on September 3 in Williamstown. He was 97. Fred taught at Williams from 1949 to 1986. During those decades teaching, researching and writing about international relations, he… Continue reading »

Public health rules and expectations

Williams students, faculty and staff, Over the last few weeks we’ve regretfully had to convert two on-campus students to remote study status after they violated the college’s quarantine. Judging from the campus reaction, some people may not understand the reasons for our policies, or may feel we’re enforcing them too… Continue reading »

Message to Williamstown Select Board

President Mandel sent this email to the Williamstown Select Board on Monday, August 17, 2020 Dear Select Board members, I write, as Williams College president, to ask that you commission a prompt, full and impartial investigation of recent allegations regarding racism and sexual misconduct within the Williamstown Police Department. Such… Continue reading »