UPDATE: This post as been updated to separate out two issues: A welcome to Rev. Fischer (see new post above) and a comment on the likely priorities of the search committee which selected her (something which Fischer, obviously, has no control over and bears no responsibility for).

From a faculty friend:

From: Steve Klass
Date: Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 2:25 PM
Subject: New Chaplain to the College Announcement
To: WILLIAMS-PERSONNEL@listserv.williams.edu

Dear Members of the Williams Community,

I am excited to announce the appointment of The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer as Williams’ next Chaplain to the College. Valerie currently serves as priest associate at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, New Jersey and brings more than eleven years of college chaplaincy experience and nearly a decade in ordained ministry.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this search for making Valerie and all our finalists feel welcome. I especially want to express my admiration and gratitude to Dean Marlene Sandstrom and the search committee (listed below), who spent untold hours guiding the process to this happy outcome.

Valerie will officially begin her new role at Williams in late July. I hope you will join me and our committee in warmly welcoming her to Williams!

Steve Klass
Vice President for Campus Life

Search Committee:
· Philemon Abel ‘19
· Isabel Andrade ‘18
· Meg Bossong, Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
· Coly Elhai ‘19
· Aaron Gordon, staff to committee, Administrative Director of Divisional Affairs, VP for Campus Life Office
· Jacqueline Hidalgo, Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion
· Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Religion
· Summiya Najam ‘19
· Tapiwanashe Nhundu, Employment Manager, HR
· Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Director of the Davis Center
· Michael Rubel ‘19
· Marlene Sandstrom, Chair, Dean of the College, Hales Professor of Psychology

With that search committee, I am shocked — SHOCKED! — that they selected an African-American. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

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