Latest news on the search for the next Williams President.

To the Williams Community,

I am happy to inform you of progress in the early stages of the presidential search process. The Board of Trustees has formed the 2009 Presidential Search Committee. Its student members were selected with the help of Dean Karen Merrill. I would also like to thank Bill Wagner, Dean of the Faculty, for his guidance. I will have the privilege of chairing the Committee, whose other members are:

Trustees: Valda Christian, David Coolidge, Michael Eisenson, Stephen Harty, Jonathan Kraft, Clayton Spencer

Faculty and Staff: Andrea Danyluk, Laurie Heatherington, Stephen Fix, Protik Majumder, David Pilachowski

Students: Alan Arias, Elizabeth Brickley

Alumni: Sarah Underhill, Christopher Giglio

Secretary: Charles Dew

As you can see from the attached background summaries, these individuals bring a wealth of involvement with and care for the College. The Committee is charged with identifying the candidates best suited to lead Williams and to present a short list of nominees to the Board of Trustees, which makes the final selection. Along the way, the Committee will solicit input from the broad Williams community, decide on selection of a search firm, develop a summary of the attributes we desire in our next President, and identify and screen candidates. Importantly, the process will draw on the College’s recent Self Study for Accreditation and 2020 Planning Process as well as on the sense of the College community to articulate the kind of leadership Williams now needs. The Committee will hold its first meeting later this month and, among other tasks, will weigh the most effective ways to engage the community in these important discussions.

We will operate on the possibility of having the new President in place by this summer. If at some point that appears unlikely, the Board will consider the options for an interim arrangement.

Thanks to all who have shared their thoughts and encouragement. You will be hearing from us as the Committee’s work proceeds.

Sincerely,

Greg Avis ’80
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees

Seems like a good committee and a sensible process. Trustee Clayton Spencer ’77 is an especially good choice, given her insider’s knowledge of higher education. I certainly hope that there are some Ephs here who served on the last presidential search committee, but I don’t recall its exact membership.

More details below.

Background Notes on Members of the 2009 Presidential Search Committee

Alan B. Arias ’10: Math and English Major. Junior Advisor, Math Tutor, Baxter/Housing Fellow, Wood Neighborhood Board Member, Organizer and Facilitator of Freshman Leadership Weekend and Exploring the Arts EphVentures, Dancer with Ritmo Latino.

Gregory M. Avis ’80: Founding Managing Director, Summit Partners. Trustee since 2002. Chair of the Executive Committee and member of the Audit Committee, Budget and Financial Planning Committee, Governance Committee, Nominating Committee, and Investments Committee. Co-chair of The Williams Campaign. Former Class Agent and Chair of the 25th Reunion Fund Committee. Recipient of a Williams Bicentennial Medal.

Elizabeth B. Brickley ’10: Biology Major with a Concentration in Maritime Studies. Junior Advisor, Peer Tutor, College Council Representative, Gargoyle Member, WOOLF Trail Crew Leader, member of Varsity Crew, Varsity Cross Country, the Outing Club Board, Thursday Night Group, and Campus Environmental Advisory Committee.

Valda Clark Christian ’92: Attorney, Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office. Trustee since 2006. Member of the Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, Governance Committee, Committee on Instruction, and Nominating Committee. Former member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Alumni, President of the Williams Black Alumni Network Steering Committee, Chair of the Alumni of Color Task Force, Associate Class Agent, and President of the Jacksonville Regional Association.

E. David Coolidge III ’65: Vice Chairman, William Blair and Company. Trustee from 1990 to 1995 and from 2000 to the present. Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Committee on Alumni Relations and Development, Committee on Campus Life, Committee on Degrees, and Investment Committee. Class President. Former Class Associate Agent and member of the 25th Reunion Committee, Secretary of the Chicago Regional Association, and member of the Midwest Regional Committee for The Williams Campaign Committee and Chicago Regional Major Gifts Committee.

Andrea Danyluk: Professor of Computer Science. Faculty member since 1994. Member of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions. Former Chair of the Faculty Steering Committee and Committee on Educational Policy. Former member of Honor and Discipline Committee, Faculty Review Panel, Science Executive Committee, Accreditation Self Study Committee 2006-07, and the College Task Force on Computers and the Curriculum.

Charles B. Dew ’58: Ephraim Williams Professor of History. Faculty Member since 1977. Former Director of the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Chair of the History Department, Chair of the Committee on Undergraduate Life, Chair of the Chapin Library Committee, and member of the Faculty Review Committee.

Michael R. Eisenson ’77: CEO, Charlesbank Capital Partners. Trustee since 2007. Chair of the Investment Committee and member of the Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, Audit Committee, Governance Committee, Nominating Committee, and Public Affairs Committee. Former Class Associate Agent and member of the 25th Reunion Fund Committee and member of the New England Regional Committee for The Williams Campaign.

Stephen Fix: Robert G. Scott ’68 Professor of English. Faculty member since 1979. Director of the Tutorial Program and member of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions. Former Dean of the College, Director of the Accreditation Self Study 1986-87, Chair of the English Department, Chair of the Faculty Steering Committee, and member of the Committee on Educational Policy, Committee on Undergraduate Life, Committee on Academic Standing, Honor and Discipline Committee, and Honorary Degrees Committee.

Christopher F. Giglio ’89: Vice President, Chaney and Associates. Vice President of the Society of Alumni and member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Alumni. Has served as Class Agent and Leadership Giving Chair and as President of the Washington, D.C., Regional Association.

Stephen Harty ’73: Chairman for North America, Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Trustee since 2004. Chair of the Committee on Instruction and member of the Committee on Degrees, Facilities Committee, Committee on Globalization, and Governance Committee. Former President of the Society of Alumni, Chair of the Alumni Fund, Class President, Class Agent, and Admissions Representative and member of the Bicentennial Commission, Executive Committee of the Society of Alumni, Third Century Campaign Planning Committee, Williams Club Board of Governors, and Regional Special Gifts Steering Committee.

Laurie Heatherington: Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of Psychology. Faculty member since 1984. Chair of the Psychology Department and member of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions. Former Chair of the Faculty Steering Committee and Committee on Educational Policy and member of the Faculty Review Committee and Advisory Group on Admission and Financial Aid.

Jonathan A. Kraft ’86: President and COO, The Kraft Group. Trustee since 2003. Chair of the Facilities Committee and member of the Executive Committee, Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, Budget and Financial Planning Committee, and Investment Committee. Class Associate Agent. Former member of the New England Regional Committee of The Williams Campaign and the New England Regional Special Gifts Committee of the Third Century Campaign.

Protik Kumar Majumder: Professor of Physics. Faculty member since 1994. Most-recent Chair of the Faculty Steering Committee. Science Center Director-Elect. Former Chair of the Physics Department and member of the Faculty Review Committee and Committee on Priorities and Resources.

David M. Pilachowski: College Librarian since 1989. Co-Chair of the Stetson/Sawyer Planning (later Building) Committee, and member of the Information Technology Committee, Library Committee, President’s Administrative Group, and Senior Staff Stetson/Sawyer Planning Group. Former member of the Administrative Compensation Advisory Committee, Ad Hoc Campus Planning Committee, and Construction Coordination Committee.

A. Clayton Spencer ’77: Vice President for Policy, Harvard University. Trustee since 2003. Chair of the Committee on Degrees and member of the Budget and Financial Planning Committee, Governance Committee, Committee on Globalization, and Legal Affairs Subcommittee. Former Administrator of the Tyng Bequest. Recipient of a Williams Bicentennial Medal.

Sarah M. Underhill ’80: Freelance Editor. President of the Society of Alumni, Class President, and member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Alumni. Has served as Class Agent and Reunion Chair and on the Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee 2004-05.

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