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Williams College President To Step Down In December

Williams College President Adam Falk is leaving at the end of the year. Falk is the 17th president in the private Williamstown college’s history. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen asked Falk about what he will do come January.

Williams College said Thursday Falk will leave in December to become the president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Falk – the private Western Massachusetts college’s 17th president – has led Williams for eight years. Falk says he will greatly miss the college environment.

“Watching 550 students every June go off into the world is the most gratifying part, I think, of all of the work that we do here,” Falk says.

Some of his accomplishments at the college include opening the award-winning Sawyer Library and launching work on another science center. The school also faced criticism from alumni and students during Falk’s tenure over its climate change policies.

The Board of Trustees chair is heading the search to find a new president.

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