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Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Announcement

To the Williams Community,

As provost and president, respectively, we’re delighted to announce, following a national search, the appointment of Liz Creighton ’01 as dean of admission and financial aid. Liz, who currently serves as deputy director of admission, will assume the new role May 15.

This is a new position, reporting directly to Dukes as provost. As dean, Liz will provide leadership to our efforts to attract and support talented students from across the country and around the world. She’ll use her leadership skills, vision, and creativity to further strengthen Williams’ position as a national leader in both admission and financial aid work, while breaking new ground in shaping how these two areas collaborate to deepen the socioeconomic diversity of our student body.

Liz joined the admission staff at Williams in 2006 and served in several roles before being named deputy director in 2011. As deputy director she has overseen the daily operations of the admission operation and guided work that enabled us to enroll the most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student body in college history. She has overseen important initiatives including improving our use of data to aid in recruiting and enrolling exceptional students from low-income backgrounds; the expansion of Windows on Williams and Williams Previews, which provide funding for 350 talented students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit campus; creation of a remote college counseling program for 200 high-achieving, low-income students; and partnering with our communications office to develop a comprehensive communications strategy and publications stream.

Before coming to Williams, Liz worked in Harvard University’s Development Office, where she managed the fundraising portfolios of the university provost and directors of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, serving on a team that raised $40 million for the institute during its first two years.

Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Williams in 2001 and a Master’s degree in education from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2010.

We want to thank the members of the search committee—Danielle Gonzales, Bum Shik Kim ’19, Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Ngoni Munemo, Marlene Sandstrom and Chris Winters ’95—for their diligent work that has led to this wonderful outcome for Williams.

Please join us in congratulating Liz on her new role.


Dukes Love, Provost and Professor of Economics

Adam Falk, President

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#1 Comment By John C. Drew, Ph.D. On February 9, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

Wonder how many of the potentially talented low income students Liz now needs to bring to campus were ground up by her previous work supporting the Harvard Stem Cell Institution?

#2 Comment By Williams Alum On February 9, 2017 @ 1:42 pm


JCD is a bad guy. This blog would be significantly better off if he were not allowed to post on it.


#3 Comment By John C. Drew, Ph.D. On February 9, 2017 @ 3:38 pm

WA –

Sadly, you are a prisoner of your own unhealthy ideology. This quote applies to you:

Anyone who threatens the still fragile, reversible process of change must be dehumanized. There can be no honest disagreements with those who either by design or because of dangerous ignorance are working against “hope and change.” One is therefore justified in condemning these reactionaries as the lowliest and most malevolent of beings.

Check the link below for a fascinating article on how the PC-multicultural left is following the same patterns that made Marxist revolutionaries so dangerous in the past century.


#4 Comment By David Dudley Field ’24 On February 9, 2017 @ 4:48 pm


It is hard to know how best to organize the blog to maximize its usefulness. With regard to JCD, because he is a former member of the Williams faculty, I grant him a large amount of deference, much more than I would grant someone who was “just” an alum or a parent.

But, at the same time, I have spoken with a variety of our regulars and (I hope you agree) we have fewer of the pointless and repetitive ad hominem spats of a year ago.

Whether or not this is the best balance is unclear.


PS. I assumed that his first comment was tongue-in-cheek. Perhaps I need to improve my reading comprehension . . .

#5 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On February 9, 2017 @ 5:02 pm

Careful observers will suspect that the fix was in for Creighton from the start. It can hardly be an accident that she was on the search committee for both (!) the replacements for Angela Shaeffer and John Malcolm.

#6 Comment By sigh On February 9, 2017 @ 6:59 pm

wait wait wait.

because he was a faculty for a few years in the 1980s, he gets more deference THAN AN ALUMNUS?

what the shit?

(also, no, there’s no reason to believe that was tongue in cheek. it fits perfectly with his trolling)

you’ve chosen JCD’s trolling over a variety of people who have all decided to give up on this blog. i keep popping up, but each time, JCD convinces me it’s a stupid move.

but i just attended and graduate from williams, right?

#7 Comment By Young Alum On February 9, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

Politically and philosophically, I share very similar views to JCD. But his overbearing style and sense of self-righteous injury make him a poor spokesman for the conservative cause in the Williams community. The only thing he adds to this blog is a cringe-worthy caricature of conservative intellectuals.

#8 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On February 9, 2017 @ 9:10 pm


Surely you can see my dilemma? I really do believe that there is an order to the obligations we have toward people and that, in that ordering, a former faculty member has higher status than an alum, at least on average. Similar judgments would apply to other pairings. If Adam Falk asked a favor, I would be much more likely to grant it than if a current faculty member asked for the same thing. Is that unreasonable?

But I don’t dispute your assessment that some of JCDs behavior in the past has been problematic and that, in part, he deserves blame for some of our departures over time. Of course, it could be that, say JeffZ or Derek would have left even if JCD were not here. After all, surely you would agree that I have, on occasion, done things that make departures more likely!?

In any event, I believe that JCD has been a much better of our community over the last 6 months than we was in the year before that. So I believe that progress is possible . . .

For all of us.

#9 Comment By Williams Alum On February 10, 2017 @ 8:41 am


I would suggest you give deference to those that participate in good faith.


#10 Comment By JAS On February 10, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

I agree with WA’s criteria, but if you need something further, maybe go with time directly associated with Williams. That will appropriately weight most professors as you suggest, but a visiting prof or one who was there for only three years would appropriately rank lower.

#11 Comment By Dick Swart ’56 On February 10, 2017 @ 3:42 pm

Drew PhD, while he has a very worthwhile consultancy in grant writing, seems to be living in troll land on his Williams experience of years ago and his coincidental appearance on campus with a very young Obama.

At one time I had banned him.

It may be time again.