Writings and Remarks

Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Inquiry and Inclusion

To the Williams community, In November 2018 I charged an ad hoc committee with recommending to me “a set of speaker invitation guidelines that would demonstrate our full commitment to both inquiry and inclusion.” The committee has delivered their report, and it’s my pleasure to direct you to it on the … Continue reading »

Summary of the June 2019 Board meeting

This year, as always, the Board of Trustees scheduled their last meeting of the academic year to coincide with Commencement. Following is my usual brief summary of their topics and votes. You can find archived reports in the News from the Board section of … Continue reading »

The Passing of Elinore Herne

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that retired secretary Elinore Herne, who worked in the admissions office for nearly two decades, passed away on Tuesday, May 21. She was 92. In the 17 admissions cycles during her tenure, Elinore was highly regarded for her attention… Continue reading »

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 »