President's Welcome

Welcome to a learning and growth experience, an experience of deep caring and great friendships, of preparation and powerful outcomes, that will last a lifetime. Our doors are open to you.

On behalf of our exceptional faculty, our dedicated staff, our 2,200 students here on our beautiful campus and our more than 20,000 alumni around the U.S. and the world, I extend our invitation to you to enjoy this campus and all we offer.

At Muhlenberg, you can have a learning experience of a special kind, one focused on bringing out the best in you intellectually and personally. Here, our curriculum interweaves challenging liberal arts disciplines and cutting-edge pre-professional programs, in what we call, simply, a Muhlenberg education. Here, students develop the powers of mind that are the keys to success in a rapidly changing economy, and a rapidly changing world.

Outside the classroom, we offer opportunities to lead, serve, work with others, discover new interests and talents and build your potential across practically every facet of human endeavor. Through our extensive network of partnerships with other leading institutions—professional, academic, cultural, global—our students extend the Muhlenberg experience into other exciting realms of growth and opportunity.

At Muhlenberg, we look out for one another and strive to inspire the best not only in ourselves, but also in those around us. This shared commitment, like the spirit of inquiry that is our learning core, is as genuine as our pride in being Mules.

We hope you will take advantage of all that Muhlenberg offers. Because of what happens here, and because of the passion and ambition that they bring to campus, our students become alumni who are sought-after lifetime learners, leading professionals and multi-faceted contributors to society and to their communities worldwide. We hope you will make Muhlenberg your own.

Our College may have been founded in 1848, but it is designed for today’s world. Muhlenberg College does open doors. We invite you to step right in.

—John I. Williams Jr.

About Our President

John Williams has set Muhlenberg on an ambitious path of growth, change and service. With a new College Strategic Plan, new leadership in positions across the campus, rising quality in our entering classes, and a deep commitment to supporting the faculty in their work as teachers and as scholars, he has positioned the College for an exciting, entrepreneurial future, building on a solid foundation built by those who have gone before.

Taking office as our 12th president on July 1, 2015, President Williams brought to Muhlenberg his wide-ranging experience in liberal arts colleges and an extensive background in corporate leadership and entrepreneurship.

President Williams was born in New York City and grew up in suburban Long Island, N.Y. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1975 from Amherst College, where he majored in economics.

After graduating four years later from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, he became the first person of color ever hired at the strategy consulting firm Bain & Co. He went on to launch several successful entrepreneurial ventures. Among other positions, he was also a senior vice president at American Express and served as an expert-in-residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab.

President Williams has traveled extensively and is also an accomplished pilot. He and his wife, Diane Pierce-Williams, have three adult children and one grandchild. Learn more about President Williams.

“With his business and entrepreneurial background, it’s not surprising that Williams is approaching the preparing of students for the workplace in an innovative way,” according to an article in Black Enterprise.