I am honored to serve this year as President of the Society of Alumni of Williams College, the oldest continuing alumni organization in North America and, perhaps, the world. Our Society was formed by a small group of dedicated Williams graduates in 1821 to sustain the College in the face of the defection of President Zephaniah Swift Moore and a group of students to another institution in the Connecticut Valley. Today, with more than 27,000 living members, the Society is -- just as it was nearly 200 years ago – a critical link to the College’s past and a foundation for its future.
The President and Vice President of the Society of Alumni serve two-year terms. They and an Executive Committee, whose 18 members serve three-year terms, are elected by the alumni body at the annual meetings of the Society, held during each Reunion Weekend. This group meets at least three times a year as the governing board of the Society. Our mission is to represent the interests of our members, further strengthen the relationship between the College and its alumni, and build closer ties among all those who share the common bond of a Williams education.
Thank you for your continued support of the College. I invite you to contact us here to share any ideas or comments on how we can do a better job of bringing alumni closer to each other and to Williams.
Dennis O'Shea '77
President, Society of Alumni