Writings

Message from the President

Williams faculty, students, and staff, Last week I sent an email sharing that some materials from the memorial in the first floor hallway of Hollander Hall had been moved by a faculty member. I explained that we were gathering information, and I now want to share what I’ve learned. I… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Inquiry and Inclusion

To the Williams community, Over the last several months, 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 late November I… Continue reading »

Strategic planning update

To the Williams community, In the last several months we’ve held faculty, staff and student forums to discuss strategic planning at Williams. Now I’d like to provide information about the project for the campus community. The most important news is that a Coordinating Committee has been formed to guide the… Continue reading »

Summary of the October 2018 Board of Trustees meeting

Dear faculty, staff and students, The Williams Board of Trustees held their regular fall meeting last Friday and Saturday. I’d like to briefly summarize the topics they covered and a few notable discussions and votes. Every year, the Trustees devote time to learning about important college issues… Continue reading »

Beginning our first semester together

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, It’s my pleasure to welcome everyone to the start of a new semester—my first at Williams and the first for some of you, as well. Since arriving in July, my family and I have been busy getting… Continue reading »

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 »