Writings and Remarks

Inviting all staff and faculty: Virtual town hall

Williams staff and faculty, With everyone working remotely or coming to campus on rotation, it’s even more important than usual that we (President Mandel and Provost Love) and our fellow administrators regularly share what’s happening at Williams. Recently, a number of people on campus have asked how decisions will be… Continue reading »

Planning for a return to work on campus

Williams staff and faculty, We know that many of you, like us, are eager to return to a more familiar mode of campus operations as we anticipate the eventual lifting of the state’s stay-at-home orders. Work is underway on a process and timeline. Following are some early details based on… Continue reading »

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 »

The Passing of Gail Ouellette

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that Gail Ouellette, a longtime cook in Dining Services, passed away on Friday, April 17, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Gail came to Williams 35 years ago and was a breakfast and lunch cook at Mission Park,… 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 »