Our Staff


Crystal A. Williams
Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, and Professor of English

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cwilliam@bates.edu | 207.786.6031

Crystal Williams came to Bates in 2013. As associate vice president, she serves as a generalist, working on a broad range of college initiatives, including institutional planning. In her role as chief diversity officer, she is charged with positively affecting institutional strategy and climate and works closely with the president and senior leaders in the areas of admission, academic affairs, advancement and alumni relations, student affairs, and human resources. Specifically, she works on faculty development, faculty, staff, and student recruitment and retention, alumni development, administers major institutional grants, and conceives of and oversees the implementation of distinctive institution-wide programs. She oversees the office of intercultural education and the office of equity and diversity. Crystal co-chairs the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) and serves on the executive committee of the Creating Connections Consortium (C3). A member of the teaching faculty at Reed College for 14 years prior to joining the Bates administration, she is the author of four books and recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. Crystal holds degrees from New York University and Cornell University.


Christopher Petrella
Associate Director of Programs, and Lecturer in the Humanities



cpetrell@bates.edu | 207.786.8376

Christopher Petrella, Ph.D., serves as Associate Director of Programs in the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) and lectures in the American Cultural Studies program at Bates College. In the OED, Christopher is responsible for developing and implementing a cross-institutional strategy to achieve a more equitable and inclusive community for Bates students, alumni, and their families. Moreover, Christopher plays a leading role in architecting a broad range of universal programming aimed at supporting the College’s mission to “engage the transformative power of our differences.”

Christopher’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, Boston Review, The Maine Magazine, and The New Yorker.  His work has also appeared on ESPN’s The Undefeated and NPR and has been debated in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Christopher blogs for AAIHS and is completing his first book on the history of white supremacy in 20th century New England. Christopher is the recipient of the Distinction in Teaching Award at both the University of California, Berkeley (2011) and Harvard University (2015).


Kelly Stone
Administrative Assistant

kstone@bates.edu | 207.786.6031

Kelly Stone came to Bates from Harvard University where she served as a writer and administrator in the advancement department. Prior to Harvard, she worked at Boston’s public television and radio station, WGBH. Kelly comes from a background in the arts and holds an M.A. in medieval literature from Harvard.

Updated: July 2017