To the Williams Community,

Summer remained a busy time for the Presidential Search Committee. Since I last wrote you in June, we have followed up extensively with the most promising candidates in our impressive pool – meeting with them in person and talking with those who know them. We have also met with a number of new candidates.

The Committee will begin a conversation about a short list of finalists with the Board of Trustees, which has the responsibility of naming the next President.

How long that process will take is difficult to predict, but we still expect to be able to announce the President this fall and for him or her to begin early in 2010.

Because of the reassurance of having in place strong campus leadership under Interim President Bill Wagner, we have the flexibility to take as much time as needed to ensure the appointment of the best possible candidate.

Those of you new to the community can catch up with the search process, including learning about your colleagues on the Committee, by visiting

Best wishes for the start of a new semester.

Greg Avis ‘80
Chair, 2009 Presidential Search Committee

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