Illustration: Mike Lowery

In 1967, newly hired professor Andrew Scheffey ’50 taught Williams’ first environmental studies course: Resource Policy and the Environment. That fall, President Jack Sawyer ’39 named Scheffey director of a newly created Center for Environmental Studies (CES)—a first for a liberal arts college. “Almost no other subject has as broad a spectrum of contact with our present program,” Sawyer said. “Nor are many fields more closely related to the central humane values of liberal learning.”