Writings and Remarks

College Council vote on Williams Initiative for Israel

During meetings of Williams’ College Council (CC) on April 16 and 23, 2019, CC members debated and ultimately rejected, by a 13-8 vote, a proposal to create a registered student group (RSO) called the Williams Initiative for Israel, or “WIFI.” WIFI’s constitution described its purpose as being “to… Continue reading »

Creating a healthier campus culture

Williams students, faculty and staff, I’m hearing from people throughout our community, representing a wide range of backgrounds and viewpoints, who are upset by some breakdowns in campus relations. Their perspectives are diverse: some are concerned about racism, others about a culture of open antagonism, and many about both of… Continue reading »

Summary of the April 2019 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, As many of you know, last week the Board of Trustees held their April 2019 meeting. Following is a summary of topics and votes from April’s plenary sessions. You can always find archived reports in the News from the Board section of … Continue reading »

The Passing of Glyn Norton   

To the Williams community, It is with great sadness that I share news of the passing of retired faculty member Glyn P. Norton, Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of International Studies, Emeritus. Glyn, who taught at Williams for 24 years, passed away on March 6 at Providence St. Continue reading »

Strategic Planning update: February 2019

To the Williams community, I’m pleased to share the first in a series of routine monthly updates on strategic planning. Last month the Coordinating Committee began the intensive work of articulating a process for this effort. It includes defining working groups for our eight areas of focus (see details below)… Continue reading »

The Passing of William T. Fox

To the Williams community, I write today with sad news of a retired faculty member who has passed away. William “Bill” T. Fox, Edward Brust Professor of Geology and Minerology, emeritus, who taught at the college for 35 years, died on February 12 in Williamstown. He was 86. A lifelong… Continue reading »

Message from the President

Williams faculty, students, and staff, Last week I sent an email sharing that some materials from the memorial in the first floor hallway of Hollander Hall had been moved by a faculty member. I explained that we were gathering information, and I now want to share what I’ve learned. I… Continue reading »

The Passing of Diane Miller

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that Diane (Wiles) Miller, a dispatcher with Campus Safety and Security (CSS) since 2013, passed away on Sunday, February 3. Diane came to Williams 30 years ago and worked in several areas of the college, including Dining Services. She… Continue reading »

Claiming Williams 2019: What Does It Mean to Claim Williams?

Welcome. I’m honored to host my first Claiming Williams. This day is an important point in the year, thanks to the breadth of programming and community impact. The nature of the event was shaped by the day’s origins in student and community action, after some disruptive and upsetting bias incidents… Continue reading »