Writings

Thank you, in my first week at Williams

To the Williams community, What a week! After more than 20 years in Rhode Island, my family and I are making the transition to our new home in Williamstown. Although a year ago we couldn’t have predicted that we’d be relocating to a new home and community, we are excited… Continue reading »

Campus support for people subject to the travel ban

Williams students, faculty and staff, On Tuesday the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s executive order strictly limiting travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven countries: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.The college is assessing the likely extent of the order’s impact on members of our community, but… Continue reading »

Welcome to a new semester at Williams

To the Williams community, Welcome to the new semester! I share with all of you the excitement and sense of possibility that accompanies these moments every year. There’s a certain comfort in the familiar rhythm of the academic calendar, at a time when so much around us seems to defy predictability. Continue reading »

Williams: A new year, and a new phase

Greetings from the President’s Office, and happy new year! I wanted to let you know, as I finish my first week in my new role as interim president, how much I’m looking forward to working with you all. Adam Falk set Williams on a strong path back into fiscal health;… Continue reading »

Farewell Message from President Adam Falk

To the entire Williams community, A presidency can pass in the blink of an eye. It was the fall of 2010, but it seems just yesterday that I stood in Chapin Hall at Convocation to deliver my inaugural address. I’d already been on the job for almost half a year,… Continue reading »

Looking forward to our semester ahead

To the Williams community, Welcome back! As you heard over the summer, this term will be my last at Williams, before I move to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in late December. I’ll miss a lot about this place, but what I think I’ll miss the most is our sense… Continue reading »

Last modified on August 19, 2018

Today’s DACA Announcement

To the campus community, This morning, Attorney General Sessions announced the cancelation of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. Under DACA, since 2012, people who entered or were brought into this country illegally while minors have been eligible for a two-year, renewable deferral from deportation, as well as… Continue reading »

Standing with Charlottesville, and against racism

To the Williams Community, As many of you know, this weekend violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists staging a “Unite the Right” rally and anti-racist counter-protestors. Many people were injured and one counter-protestor was murdered. The violence occurred on and near the University of Virginia campus. The events… Continue reading »