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Dear Yellowjacket Family:
 
I wanted to send you a personal note to express how extremely proud I am of every student, faculty, and staff member within our Yellowjacket family. Our lives have changed drastically in a short amount of time and there is no telling for how long.
 
As a senior leader in higher education, I have weathered the deadly Ebola outbreak right down the street from my last institution and have experienced other uncertain times, such as 9/11, SARS, H1N1, HIV/AIDS, mad cow disease, anthrax, etc. Others from our campus have also weathered uncertain and challenging times before.
 
Since I attended the recent board of regents meeting, I am currently at home in self-quarantine. I have no symptoms but do have a touch of cabin fever. As Chancellor, working remotely has been difficult, but fortunately, my self-quarantine ends after this week.
 
I know many of you are frustrated and anxious because of the uncertainty of the future. Rest assured that when we make decisions, we will let you know. Sometimes, I am unable to make a quick decision due to Montana law. Also keep in mind that every decision I make has unintended consequences. Nevertheless, as I mentioned during my interview process, I will not lead by indecisiveness. I have also been working very closely with and have received excellent support from MSU President Cruzado, MUS Commissioner Christian, and Governor Bullock. We all want to protect our students, faculty, and staff.
 
We will prevail through these challenging times ahead.
 
I am very proud of our students. A few are also in self-quarantine but continue to be in good spirits. Our faculty have moved to online teaching for the safety of our campus community. Some are teaching online for the first time, which can be challenging, but they are rising to the occasion and are doing a great job. Additionally, I am seeing many managers emerge as true leaders during these stressful times.
 
It is important that we stick together and support each other. I ask that you be compassionate and empathetic to those who are experiencing an overabundance of stress and anxiety during this time. As a Yellowjacket and Montanan, I could not be prouder of our students, faculty, and staff. I have no doubt whatsoever that we will prevail and emerge much stronger.

Sincerely,
Office of the Chancellor
McMullen Hall, Room 207
406.657.2300