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A Message to the WVU Family

I, along with the rest of our country, bore witness to the events that occurred on the grounds of our nation’s Capitol. I found myself at a loss for words. I have repeatedly said that we must protect the right to free speech and the right to protest – but we must do so civilly and peacefully. There is never a rationale worthy of the violence, mayhem and flagrant disrespect demonstrated that day.

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'Action-Oriented' Working Groups

In June, the University announced the creation of "action-oriented" working groups in response to the ongoing racial injustice in the country and on our campuses.

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The New Normal

Everyone wants to get back to “normal,” but many recognize that this crisis will culminate in a “new normal.” The real question for me and for all of us is: What should our University look like as we face this new world?

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Self Care

C.S. Lewis, along with his Oxford University faculty colleague and friend, J.R.R. Tolkien, are two of my favorite writers. They were both in the army in World War I and later lived through the terrible challenges of World War II.

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The Oscar-nominated short film “Heroin(e)” is a timely reminder of the uniquely resilient Mountaineer character — honed by adversity and inspired by compassion for our neighbors.

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Social Distancing

My daughter, Rebekah, recently told some friends that socially distancing is hard for me because my idea of a quiet evening at home is having 400 people for dinner.

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