Our country is hurting as we process the tragic events of this past week. We mourn for everyone. I believe in the transformative effect of higher education and that it has a unique and powerful role to play in our path from here. We must approach each other with respect, with dignity, and through civil discourse. There are no easy answers, but we have strength in our voice and a responsibility to further the conversation.
I can hardly believe it, but today marks six months on the job as chancellor of the University of Mississippi. The first part of 2016 has been a whirlwind of getting to know the great people of this amazing university and the transformational role you all play in education, innovation, health care and community engagement.
The past two weeks have been an amazing time of celebration and appreciation at the University of Mississippi — our largest-ever commencements both at Oxford and (soon to be) at UMMC and a weeklong celebration of our dedicated and hard-working staff members. I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to wrap up my first five months as your chancellor.