Dear UNCG Community,
It is becoming ever clearer that these are unprecedented times. The pace of change, the urgency of decision making, and the substantial complexity of the challenges we face have certainly made this a difficult, even surreal, week on our campus, in our community, and around the world.
I know this has placed undue burdens on many of you. I recognize the challenges of keeping your families safe while at the same time having to adjust your work schedules and face the stress and pressure of developing and implementing plans to keep our community safer.
While we don’t have all the answers, nor know entirely what to expect, one thing is certain – we must rely on each other. You can count on me to be here, and I know I can count on you as well. We are in this together – a “shared fate” if you will. I have faith in the experience, expertise, and good intentions of our colleagues to collaborate productively and with the greater good in mind.
I know you have had to digest a great deal of communications. We have had to quickly respond to a rapidly changing environment and manage almost moment by moment the implications and consequences of the choices we are making. We are aware that not every situation has been addressed. But I know with complete confidence that this team – at every level, in every function, and in every department, classroom, residence hall, and campus facility – is pulling together to do first, foremost, and always what is best for our students, the faculty, staff, and our shared community.
I urge you to stay focused on what you can do to make things better. Our first priority is on delivering a first-rate education. Do all you can to deliver on this goal. And then, stay optimistic that if we do the right things, right now, together, we can in fact emerge as an even better, stronger, more united UNCG.
We are certainly not in this alone, but are truly in this together as a global community, and we will persist through it as a global community. Thank you for all that you are doing to keep the Spartan spirit alive and well.
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.