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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., May 12, 2005 – Williams College President Morton Owen Schapiro announced today that Helen Ouellette, vice president for administration and treasurer, has resigned from the college effective the end of June.
“I believe I’ve accomplished what I can in my time at Williams and plan to move to Cambridge, where I lived before coming here in 1998,” Ouellette said.
Schapiro announced the resignation in a letter to the campus community in which he thanked Ouellette for her contributions.
“She worked with the internationally acclaimed planner Denise Scott Brown to develop for the college a new campus plan,” Schapiro said, “and she oversaw such wonderful additions to the college’s facilities as the Southworth School and B&L buildings.
“Helen has particularly advanced the college’s relationships with the local community, through such initiatives as joint town/college planning meetings and the innovative structure of the college’s contribution to the cost of construction of the new Williamstown Elementary School.”
Ouellette serves on the Massachusetts Regional Competitiveness Council, Berkshire Compact for Higher Education, and the boards of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce (which she has also served as president) and Northern Berkshire Health Systems. She also serves as chair of the New England Association of Schools and College’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, the region’s main accreditation body.
Nationally she has served on the Advisory Council of Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions (the former Mellon College Retirement Project) and has become known as an expert in socially responsible investing.
As vice president for administration and treasurer, Ouellette has been the college’s chief administrative officer for non-academic operations. These include finance and investments, business administration, physical plant operations, human resources, legal affairs, risk management, dining services, and summer conferences. She has also played a significant role in the college’s relationships with the local community and in the planning of the college’s long-term future.
Before coming to Williams, she served as vice president for finance and administration at the New England Conservatory. She has also had administrative experience at Radcliffe College and the John F. Kennedy School of government at Harvard University.
She holds a Ph.D. in classics and a certificate in business, both from Harvard. She was a tenured member and chair of the classics department at Union College before entering business with Container Corporation of America and then Weyerhaeuser Company.
Schapiro said the college would launch as soon as possible a national search for her successor and work with her on planning a smooth transition.