Welcome to the start of an academic year unlike any I have experienced in my 32 years in higher education. As we begin classes today I want you to know how incredibly proud I am of the work that everyone has done over the past several months to prepare us for this moment.
I have no doubt we will deliver on our promise to provide the best possible education for our students and will continue to provide significant value to our state through research and service. Our students are fortunate to have such a talented and caring team to help guide them through their Clemson experience.
I believe our decision to open online with a mid-September return to campus instruction and activities gives us the best chance of success this fall, and I am excited about seeing our students back on campus later this semester.
As we start this semester, I want you to know that we are doing everything possible to reintroduce on-campus living and learning in a manner that is safe for our entire community. Your flexibility and patience as we work through all the details necessary to be successful in this unique environment are truly appreciated.
I hope everyone has a great first week of classes, and thanks again for your tireless efforts on behalf of our students.