Category: Chancellor’s Corner
One year ago today, I sent a university message that announced we would be moving classes online. This was intended to be a temporary move until at least April 3, but it was soon learned that we would suspend in-person classes for the spring and summer semesters.
Thank you for an incredible first week of classes. While we are all adapting to our new learning environment during the pandemic, I’m grateful for your patience and flexibility during this academic year.
I want to thank so many of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who have reached out to me over the past several weeks as we work to address racial justice and diversity issues.
I am saddened and angered by the events related to racism, social inequalities and a blatant lack of respect that have occurred over the past weeks, months and years.
I had the honor of speaking at a commencement ceremony several years ago. It was an exciting afternoon – with happy graduates, proud family members and smiles everywhere.
On Monday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee extended the state’s Stay at Home Order through April 30, followed in May by “a phased reboot of the economy.” The order extends the mandate that citizens stay at home unless carrying out essential activities.
I wonder how history will record this moment in our campus timeline?
My office has been an interesting – and often lonely – place this week.