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The Board of Trustees, the President, and Other Senior Administrators

The Board of Trustees

The "President and Trustees" constitute the ultimate corporate authority responsible before the law for the College's policies and programs (Laws of Williams College, p.1). The number of Trustees at present is twenty-three, including the President, who is a member of the Board throughout his or her service as President.

A current Trustee serves as the chair, the presiding officer of the Board, and the President is an ex officio member of all its committees. The Assistant to the President also serves as the Secretary to the Board of Trustees. The Board meets quarterly: October, January, April, and June.

The current Trustees are identified in on the Trustee Webpage, located on the President's Office homepage, and in the Alumni Review, which is mailed to all faculty quarterly, as well as listed in the Williams College Bulletin.

The President

Reporting to the Board as the senior executive officer of the College is the President, who is also a member and the presiding officer of the faculty of the College. Reporting directly to the President are the Dean of the Faculty, the Provost, the Dean of the College, the Vice President for Campus Life, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Vice President for College Relations, the Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity, the Chief Investment Officer, the Assistant to the President for Public Affairs, and the Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College. The President is a member of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, the Committee on Educational Policy, and the Honorary Degrees Committee.

Administrators Reporting Directly to the President

The Dean of the Faculty

The Dean of the Faculty is responsible for the faculty and curriculum at the College and is available to consult with members of the faculty on all issues of concern to them.

The Dean is responsible for the recruitment, appointment, and promotion of faculty and for the policies and procedures affecting all academic departments. The Dean oversees the annual budgets of the academic departments and programs; assists with curricular and faculty development; serves as ex officio member and executive secretary of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, and as an ex officio member of the Committee on Educational Policy; and, in consultation with the Faculty Steering Committee, makes recommendations on the membership of committees to the President. The Dean of the Faculty oversees the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Center for Environmental Studies, the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University, and Athletics.

The Dean also works closely with the Office of the Provost on budgetary and compensation matters. In addition, concerns about professional conduct of faculty members are the responsibility of the Dean of the Faculty. The Dean is assisted by an Associate Dean of the Faculty and a Coordinator of Faculty Affairs.

The Provost

The Provost is responsible for allocating College resources, strategic planning, and overseeing Admission, Bronfman Science Center and the Morley Science Laboratories, Chapin Library, Financial Aid, Information Technology, Sawyer and Schow Libraries, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. The Provost is an ex officio member of the Committees on Admission and Financial Aid, Appointments and Promotions, and Priorities and Resources. He or she is assisted by the Associate Provost and the Director of Institutional Research.

The Dean of the College

The Dean of the College has primary responsibility for several areas of student life, including academic and personal advising. Reporting to the Dean are the Associate Deans of the College, the Registrar, the Director of Academic Resources, the Director of Writing Programs, and the Director of Fellowships. The Dean serves as an ex officio member of the Committees on Educational Policy, Academic Standing, the Discipline Committee, and the Honor System Committee. She collaborates closely with the Vice President for Campus Life and the Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity.

The Vice President for Finance and Administration

The Vice President for Finance and Administration is responsible for financial reporting, budget preparation, debt financing, treasury, risk management and other administrative operations. The Vice President oversees several administrative offices including: the Controller's Office, Human Resources, the Budget Office, Real Estate, Safety and Environmental Compliance, Planned Giving Administration, Printing Services, the Children's Center and the College Counsel. The Vice President serves on the Committees on Priorities and Resources and Admission and Financial Aid and serves as liaison to the Trustee Budget and Financial Planning and Audit Committees.

The Vice President for Campus Life

The Vice President for Campus Life has primary responsibility for non-academic, student-oriented operations and services, including: the Campus Safety and Security Office, the Center for Community Engagement, the Chaplains' Office, the Conference Office, Dining Services, the Facilities Department, Health and Counseling Services, and the Office of Student Life (student housing, upperclass residential life programming, and student involvement and activities). The Vice President serves as liaison to the Trustee Operations & Planning and Student Experience Committees. The Vice President also serves on campus committees, including the Committee on Priorities and Resources.

The Vice President for College Relations

The Vice President for College Relations oversees programs designed to maintain alumni engagement with the College and programs focused on securing investment in College priorities by individuals, foundations, corporations, and government. The Office of College Relations includes Alumni Relations, Development, the Career Center, and Advancement Information Services. The Vice President serves as an ex officio member of the Committee on Priorities and Resources (CPR) and the Advisory Group on Admission and Financial Aid (AGAFA).

The Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity

The Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity oversees the College diversity and inclusion activities and serves as the key institutional voice on related issues with campus and alumni constituencies. The Vice President leads the development and implementation of College policies related to diversity and inclusion; works with departments and offices on the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds. On issues of diversity, the Vice President is the key individual interfacing with the Board as a member of the Nominating Committee, media, community organizations, and other groups. Also, the Vice President is the College affirmative action officer.

The Assistant to the President for Public Affairs

The Assistant to the President for Public Affairs coordinates the management of issues that involve the local community and government bodies, and serves as official spokesperson with media. He or she supports the president and senior officers in their communications and oversees the Office of Communications, which plans and carries out the College's main communications. He or she coordinates the College and Community Advisory Committee, staffs the board's Degrees Committee, and helps staff the board's Committee on Alumni Relations, Development, and Public Affairs.

The Chief Investment Officer

The Chief Investment Officer is responsible for prudent oversight and management of the College endowment, which consists of the Investment Pool and Planned Giving assets. The CIO works with the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees and the President of the College. The CIO develops and recommends an asset allocation policy for approval by the Investment Committee. The policy portfolio establishes the long term expected return and risk of the endowment; the CIO and the six member investment office team then implement the asset allocation policy by selecting and actively monitoring investment managers.


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