Writings and Remarks

Williams Firsts Celebration Week 2023

Dear Williams Community, This year marks the 58th anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Opportunity Act which expanded college opportunities for low-income and first generation populations. To commemorate this moment, National First-Generation Celebration Day is held each Nov 8th and celebrated by colleges and universities across… Continue reading »

Campus speech policies and community

Dear Students, Last Thursday, Maud wrote to invite everyone to a vigil entitled “Lament and Reflection on Events in Israel and Gaza.” That moving, ecumenical event, co-organized by the four chaplains, called us together to mourn losses to Israelis and Palestinians, and encouraged us to care for one another. Members of… Continue reading »

Annual Update on Environmental Initiatives

Dear Williams students, faculty, and staff, I write with this annual update on our environmental initiatives after a summer of especially stark reminders about the effects and challenges of a changing climate. Record-high global heat and ocean temperatures, wildfires, torrential rain, and hail storms have upset human health and security,… Continue reading »

Welcome to the start of Fall 2023!

Williams students, faculty and staff, Welcome to the new academic year. After the relative quiet of summer in Williamstown, it’s exciting to see you all bring the campus back to life. To everyone who’s returning… or never left: I hope you enjoyed your summer, whether you were completing an internship… Continue reading »

College Budget and Financial Planning

Dear Williams faculty and staff, We are sincerely grateful to everyone who contributed to the college’s budget process this past year. We know that identifying the equivalent of a 15 percent reduction in manager’s budgets for the upcoming 2024 fiscal year was difficult in many ways, and we appreciate the… Continue reading »

Summary of the June 2023 Board of Trustees meeting

To the Williams community, The Board of Trustees convened June 2-3 for their meeting in conjunction with Commencement. It was a full, productive and enjoyable weekend. We were joined for this meeting by two incoming members of Senior Staff: Kimberly A. ’96 and Robert R. ’62 Henry Professor of Economics… Continue reading »