**Coach White asked that this letter be distributed to the College Community, and I have done so at his request.**
May 22, 2007
To the Williams Community,
For the past several weeks, I have watched while many students, parents, and alums have worked tirelessly to express their support for me in response to the College’s decision not to renew my contact. I cannot thank you enough. Your efforts mean more to me than you can imagine. However, in the process, some great intentions have gotten out of hand. I understand the strong feelings involved, as this has taken a heavy toll on my family and our track teams. However, several good people are having their names and reputations tarnished. Making hurtful comments and allegations is unnecesary and harmful. We are better than that.
I am currently fighting the decision through the schools administrative processes and it is my hope that the College will conclude that its initial decision was based on incomplete information. I am optimistic that when all is said and done we will prevail.
That said, I have heard of some actions on my behalf that I cannot accept. I have tried to stay focused on my team, but I have been told about a petition that I strongly disagree with. It is my understanding that a number of students, parents, and alums have begun a petition to withhold money from the College to both make a point and to ease any financial hardship on my family. My wife and I are truly touched, but we cannot condone this effort.
Over the past seven years, my wife and I have come to love both the area, and, more importantly, the College community. We have invested much here. Williams is a special place and will remain so, no matter what happens to us. It deserves the support of its students, parents, and alums. While I strongly disagree with the College’s decision, there is more to your relationships with the College than with me or track & field, and those must endure.
That is not to say that I do not appreciate your support. I do and am honored by it. It is overwhelming that so many of you would offer to help my family. However, we urge you to continue to support the College, as we do, and if you believe it needs change, to do so from within.
We feel blessed to have the support of all of you and hope that support continues going forward as we continue to challenge this decision. Many thanks.
Ralph & Lisa White