As one of the most unusual semesters in Salem’s storied history comes to a close, I hope we will all take a moment to celebrate what we’ve accomplished during these unprecedented times.
A year ago, the novel coronavirus was spreading around the world with stealth and speed. We had no idea of what was about to happen, from the unexpected disruption of our daily routines to the strain on our communities and the tragic loss of life. This global crisis has called on all of us to respond with innovation, flexibility, creativity, and compassion. It has brought about a time of reckoning during which the essentials have shined more brightly than ever, making it easier for us to identify what matters most. The core values that have sustained Salem for centuries—dedication to scholarship, service, and community—are, I believe, what made it possible for us to successfully complete an entire semester remotely despite the many challenges our students, staff, and faculty have faced.
I am deeply proud of every member of the Salem community for what we have collectively accomplished this semester. It is my hope that winter break will provide us all with an opportunity for rest and reflection. As the coronavirus crisis worsens from week to week, we know that there will be new challenges to face in the weeks and months ahead. We also know, based on our experience since campus was forced to close last March, that we will be ready to face them with courage, grace, and resiliency.
Stay safe, stay well, and stay strong.
Interim Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Dean of the College