The following memo was sent to Maryville College students, faculty and staff this afternoon.
Tom Bogart, President
TO: Maryville College Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM: Dr. Tom Bogart, President
RE: Fall Semester 2020
DATE: May 4, 2020
We are nearing the end of a very strange and stressful Spring. The empty Maryville College campus saddens me, but I take pride in the strong community built remotely as we finish this semester. I hope that the remaining days of final exams go well for you and that the warm, sunny weather brings rest and renewed optimism in the future and less anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although summer is immediately ahead, it is Fall Semester 2020 that many of you are thinking about. I know you are hopeful that in-person classes will resume, that residence halls and dining rooms will reopen, and that the Maryville College community will be together again, physically.
College leadership is hopeful, as well. After weeks of monitoring local infection rates and the guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, we are cautiously optimistic that Maryville College will be able to open in the fall, though exactly what the semester will look like is uncertain at this time.
To determine how we safely reopen and deliver the educational experience that makes Maryville College so special and so valuable, I am putting together a committee of individuals from Cabinet, the Crisis Management Team, academic divisions, athletics and other areas of campus.
This committee, the Maryville College Contingency Planning Task Force, will meet throughout May and is charged with making recommendations to me and developing appropriate procedures and policies. It is my hope that we will be able to communicate the broad plan for Fall Semester 2020 by early- to mid-June, with specific details announced over the summer.
For a while, we will have to live with a level of uncertainty that feels uncomfortable, but I’m confident that we will make the right decisions for our campus community. At Maryville, we say that we prepare students for the everyday and the unexpected, and I have seen even more proof of this—and of our faculty and staff members’ adaptability—since March.
Please check your email and the College’s website frequently to stay informed.