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President Maud Mandel, 10

Brown Dean of the College Maud Mandel begins her term as the 18th president of Williams on July 1. EphBlog welcomes her! We are pro-Mandel and hope that her presidency is successful. (Full disclosure, our preference would have been for an internal candidate like Lee Park or Eiko Siniawer.) Let’s spend some time discussing what we know about Mandel so far. Day 10, our last day of this series.

What do we know (or guess) about Mandel’s politics? From The Daily Herald:

Dean of the College Maud Mandel donated $1,000 to Clinton. When asked why she chose to donate, Mandel said, “I gave that donation as a private citizen,” citing that as dean of the college, she did not feel it would be appropriate to comment on her donation.

Good stuff!

1) Hope she follows the same policy at Williams. A good Williams president has many things to say about Williams and some things to say about higher education. The less time she spends opining on politics, the better. Or do readers miss Adam Falk spouting off about immigration or the alt-right?

2) I don’t care that Mandel is a Clinton supporter. No (?) president of an elite college — or plausible applicant to be one — voted for Trump.

3) What are Mandel’s views on political diversity, or the lack-there-of, at Williams? My hope is that we will be leaving behind the Falk era of speaker-banning. There are some encouraging hints, albeit sotto voce, from the Administration, despite this nonsense from President Majumder in January. Mandel might send a useful signal on this dimension by joining Heterodox Academy, joining current Williams faculty members Michael Lewis, Robert Jackall and Eric Knibbs.

4) Can we connect Mandel’s scholarly work on Jews/Muslims in France to her likely views about running Williams? I don’t know. Studying closely the rise of modern antisemitism in France seems a naturally “conservative” topic — I bet that many (most?) French Jews wish there had been a lot less immigration to France in the last 50 years! — but Mandel seems to have been on the “liberal” side in the associated academic debates. Any historians among our readers?

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#1 Comment By 3 billion On April 13, 2018 @ 11:26 am

Surprised she would spend her thousands supporting a woman who supported a rapist and a serial abuser of women. Very embarrassing!!!

#2 Comment By JCD 📌 On April 13, 2018 @ 3:06 pm

Hillary is a ruthless globalist whose corruption, through the Clinton Foundation, made her unworthy of being president. It is sad to me that someone in a position of power at Williams College would give money to such a truly evil, despicable person. I think it is fair to say that Maud Mandel is a typical, out-of-touch leftist, picked to be president because of her ideological orthodoxy including her willingness to shield French Muslims from the scorn they rightly deserve based on their collective actions.

#3 Comment By frank uible On April 13, 2018 @ 4:20 pm

Lincoln’s aphorism about fooling applies well to the Clintons.

#4 Comment By Munzer On April 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am

I just hope President Mandel doesn’t find another 30-40 “boxes to check” in the admissions process. We have enough already.

#5 Comment By ZSD On May 2, 2018 @ 4:11 pm

Why wasn’t this candidate considered???