Williams College names interim president, forms search committee

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams College Board of Trustees has named the college's Science Center director as its interim president.

Professor Protik "Tiku" Majumder, a physics researcher who currently serves as the college's Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy, will begin serving in this role beginning Jan. 1, according to a letter to the campus community from board chairman, Michael Eisenson ('77).

Majumder will take the lead from Williams President Adam Falk, who has been with the college since 2010. Falk announced on June 29, that he will leave Williams at the end of December to become president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Eisenson also announced that the board has also formed a formal search committee for the college's 18th president. These plans, he said, were approved by the board on Monday.

"Tiku has an outstanding record as a Williams teacher and mentor, scientist, and faculty leader, and just as importantly has earned wide trust and respect across the Williams community," wrote Eisenson. "Our objective was to find an interim president with a keen understanding of our institution; a love of Williams, of its students, and of its faculty; enormous patience, tact, and insight; and an ability to respond with intelligence, compassion, and calm to the inevitable challenges that will arise from time to time."

The search committee, he said, will be in charge of collecting nominations, vetting candidates and ensuring that members of the Williams community have their say in the process and criteria to select the next leader. Background and updates on this process are now available on a website, https://president.williams.edu/presidential-search.

The trustees have also retained as a consulting party the firm Spencer Stuart, to help manage the search process.


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