Writings

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 »

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 »