May 1, 2020: A Message to Employees from President DeHay
Yesterday, we held our first-ever virtual spring convocation. If you missed it, you can watch it here. During the event, I talked about how we are moving forward and entering a new phase in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since early March, the majority of our efforts have centered on responding to the emergency immediately before us. With all the energy, creativity and commitment we have come to expect from our TCTC family, we were able to quickly transition to online classes, shift our student support services and engagement activities online, reinvent our orientation and enrollment processes, and address countless other issues and concerns that arose during this period.
Now we must focus on the months ahead. Earlier this spring, we made the decision to deliver all summer term courses and services online until at least June 19. It is too early to predict what the fall semester will bring, so we must plan for a wide range of scenarios. That is why I am assembling a COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.
Among many things, the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will be charged with evaluating how we create a safe on-campus learning and working environment; how we deliver high-quality learning experiences for the 2020-2021 academic year; and how we integrate student support and engagement offerings into programs. The Recovery Task Force will begin meeting next week, and I’m certain they will form subgroups that will include many more of you. Please offer them your support.
Additionally, I am pleased to report that, at this time, we remain in a strong position financially. This is primarily due to the fiscally-conservative policies set forth by the TCTC Commission, the outstanding work of our business affairs division, and those of you who manage a departmental budget.
I continue to be grateful for all of you. Many of you are juggling work while teaching and caring for family at home. Your ability to balance the needs of work with that of your family inspires me.
I have been on campus every day since the COVID-19 pandemic arose, and I truly miss seeing you and our students. Although the path back to “normal” won’t be easy, I look forward to the time when we can get back to an open and vibrant campus environment and resume normal operations.
Remember to take care of each other, maintain physical distancing, stay home if possible, and practice frequent hand washing!
In your service,
D. Galen DeHay, Ph.D.