Williams began its strategic planning effort in fall 2018. Our goal is to develop a road map that will help the college fulfill our mission in evolving times.

A Coordinating Committee guides the process by articulating goals; confirming areas of interest and convening subcommittees to explore them through targeted outreach and feedback; and, finally, knitting the results into a plan to support the educational ambitions of an exceptional learning community.

Coordinating Committee members

David Bartels, Security Patrols Supervisor, Campus Safety and Security
Denise Buell, Dean of the Faculty and Cluett Professor of Religion
Matt Carter, Assistant Professor of Biology
Keli Gail, Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College
David Gürçay-Morris, Associate Professor of Theatre
Dawn Jamros, Administrative Assistant, Department of Biology
Dukes Love, Provost and Professor of Economics
Protik Majumder, Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy and Director of the Science Center
Maud S. Mandel, President, Professor of History, Program in Jewish Studies (committee chair)
Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Associate Professor of Africana Studies
Essence Perry ’22, undergraduate student
Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Grant Swonk ’21, undergraduate student
Amanda Wilcox, Associate Professor of Classics

General Timeline

September–December 2018: Introduce process and convene committee.
January–June 2019: Establish working groups; write charges; gather feedback and data.
April 2019: Campus and online fora to discuss working group charges
June–September 2019: Assemble data for working groups
September–December 2019: Working groups gather community input, write draft reports
January–March 2020: Community feedback on drafts of working group reports and strategic plan
April–June 2020: Write strategic plan and present to Board
June 2020 and beyond: Communicate plan to the Williams community and invite participation

Monthly email updates from Maud, February–June 2019 and throughout academic year 2019–20