For the past six months, I have watched you show up every day for our students and for one another. In the face of perhaps the greatest challenge of our lifetime, you have inspired me with your creativity, flexibility, and dedication to our mission at the University of Tennessee.
From dining to housing, from OIT to Facilities Services, from the classroom to the research labs, each of you has been essential to our success.
So thank you.
I am proud of your spirited response to the obstacles presented by COVID-19. Every day students, faculty, staff, and campus leaders are working to foster hope in a time of great uncertainty. I hope you will take few moments to reflect on the important ways our campus community has risen to this moment. You should all be proud.