A former Williams administrator provided these comments on the early retirement program.

The staff retirement incentive was fair, in the middle of the pack of other school’s retirement incentives – a week’s pay for every year served. It’s rumored six faculty chose their package, a different package from the staff’s. Does that suggest faculty didn’t see it as generous or even fair? Some faculty member have opined they could do as well negotiating their own retirement packages, whenever they chose to retire.

The fact that so few faculty members choose the package highlights the issues Williams faces with tenure. Greg Avis and the Trustees ought to look closely at this problem. The obvious solution is to replace lifetime tenure with tenure-till-65 contracts. After 65, faculty members who want to keep teaching (and who Williams wants to employ) could stay on in an at-will capacity.

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