Writings and Remarks

Let’s Talk . . . About Affordability at Williams

Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends, As the national conversation on college affordability generates ever more heat than light, I’d like to make clear for you the situation at Williams. It’s an important topic. The answer to the question, “What’s the price of a Williams education?” is the unlikely sounding but… Continue reading »

Senior Administrative Appointments

I’ll be consulting with the Faculty Steering Committee and others about possible successors for Peter, who, with Will, has in so many ways enhanced the experiences of all students, faculty, and staff. Continue reading »

Moment of Anticipation

To the Williams Community, This day brings with it each year a sweet anticipation— three parts excitement, one part nerves—as the wave swells that will lift and propel us through another academic year. Of course, the college was an exciting place to be over the summer, too, albeit a little… Continue reading »

Daring Conversations

From the Summer 2013 Williams Magazine More important than finding answers is asking the right questions. That’s true not only in the individual disciplines we teach but in how we think about the college as a whole. We’ve recently been working at imagining the future… Continue reading »

Local News

Dear Faculty and Staff, As summer enters full swing, I write to fill you in on several matters related to the health of the local community, upon which we all depend and in which the college is deeply invested. I apologize for the length of this message, but there’s a… Continue reading »

The Passing of Frederick Rudolph

To the Williams Community, The college, and in fact higher education, lost this morning an important, even historic, figure: Fred Rudolph. Fred served the college in so many ways. As a student, he was a junior advisor, a member of College Council and of Gargoyle, and editor of The Williams… Continue reading »

Things Visible and Invisible

To the Williams Community, Before the academic year draws to a close, I’d like to draw attention to several of many significant developments that have occurred in recent months. Perhaps most visible is the tantalizing emergence of our new library. It’s quite dramatic. What you can’t see from the outside… Continue reading »