Writings and Remarks

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 »

Welcome to spring semester

Williams students, faculty and staff, Spring is here! Well, spring semester anyway, although you wouldn’t know it by the weather. Ever the optimist, though, I feel like I can see the (day)light at the end of the tunnel. If you’ve been away, welcome back. If you stayed here,… Continue reading »

Williams comments on proposed changes to Title IX

January 30, 2019 Via Federal eRulemaking Portal The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education ℅ Brittany Bull United States Department of Education U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 6E310 Washington, DC 20202 Docket ID ED-2018-OCR-0064 Re: Williams College’s Comments on Proposed… Continue reading »

The Passing of Charles Fuqua

To the Williams community, I write today with sad news of a retired faculty member who has passed away. Charles “Charlie” Fuqua, Garfield Professor of Ancient Languages, emeritus, who taught at the college for 37 years, died on January 19 at his Williamstown home. He was 83. The son of… Continue reading »

Summary of the January 2019 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, Last week was the January meeting of the Board of Trustees. The board covered topics that it reviews on an annual basis, like the comprehensive fee and a risk management update, as well as current issues of special interest. First, I’m pleased to announce that… Continue reading »

The Passing of Eugenia Smith

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that retired college bursar Eugenia “Genie” Smith passed away on Friday, January 11, at the Williamstown Commons. Genie wore many hats during her respected 21-year tenure at Williams. She joined the college development office in 1974 and later moved… Continue reading »

The Passing of Loretta Smith

To the Williams community, I write today to share the news of the passing of retiree Loretta Smith, who spent 20 years in Dining Services as a snack bar attendant from 1961 to 1981. She died on Thursday, January 10, at the Williamstown Commons. She was 99. Loretta was born… Continue reading »

Update: Ad hoc committee on speakers, inquiry and inclusion

Williams faculty, staff and students, As I noted in an all-campus message before break, “Williams, like campuses across the United States, has engaged in debate about how to bolster its commitment to free expression while maintaining its responsibility to ensure an inclusive environment for all community members.” In that same message… Continue reading »