I am an alum who is concerned with the path Williams has chosen, and where it has led. The Williams I read about today, with massive distrust in the administration among both students and alumni, barely resembles the school I once knew.

As is so often the case, I believe the problem is a financial one.  Not due to lack, but the reverse. Williams has been awash in cash for a long time, but the success of the current administration in bringing in the bucks is unparalleled in Williams history. And so the shiny new buildings go up, up, up. But the consequence is that every decision, and every analysis leading up to that decision, is filtered through a financial prism. Which path will least impact the College, which is to say, its balance sheet?

Not exactly an environment conducive to “doing the right thing”. I think it’s time that changed.

I am new to EphBlog and will be writing under the pseudonym JB Pratt ’98. Here’s some info on the real JB Pratt if you’re interested: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bissett_Pratt.

More soon.

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