I write to provide updates on our ongoing planning efforts related to the reopening of campus and the safe return of faculty, staff, and students this fall. As indicated by President Anarumo in his June 16 letter to the community, the University currently intends to return to on-campus instruction this fall in accordance with forthcoming guidelines from the state of Vermont. As you know, significant planning efforts in support of an in-person reopening scenario have been underway for some time, and the academic colleges and operational units continue to weigh in with their plans. Today, I would like to share how we anticipate moving forward in operationalizing these planning efforts.
I would first like to reiterate President Emeritus Schneider’s warm welcome to our new President, Colonel Mark C. Anarumo, PhD, USAF (Ret). President Anarumo has already immersed himself in the good work begun by Dr. Schneider and the Reopening Task Force to plan for our upcoming academic year. Under President Anarumo’s leadership, I am confident we will continue to make good progress on planning for and executing a productive and safe Fall term in support of Norwich’s students, faculty, and staff.
Under the leadership of co-chairs Greg Matthews and Cathy Frey, the task force subcommittees continue to work through a range of contingency plans for reopening the campus this fall. To date, plans have been submitted for full residence, partial residence, and fully online scenarios. Planning for a full in-residence opening has informed the University’s Reopening Plan, which will soon be submitted to the Governor’s Economic, Mitigations, and Recovery Task Force. Using this information – submitted to the Governor by all Vermont colleges and universities – the Governor will make a decision in the coming weeks regarding when and how we may move forward with reopening for the Fall term.
Update July 15, 2020 found here: News from the Hill – July 15, 2020
On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into federal law. Included in the Act was the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to support college students whose education was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic with financial grants. These emergency grants are intended to assist students with unanticipated expenses for food, housing, academic course materials, technology, health care and childcare.
Members of the Norwich Family:
Today, 1 June 2020, is my first day as your President. In the coming weeks you will be hearing from me often on many subjects, including my honor to become a member of the Norwich community and to serve as your President.
Given the current state of unrest across our country, it is paramount that you immediately receive my personal communication in response to the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. Indeed, Mr. Floyd’s death is a heartbreaking tragedy.
First, please allow me to reinforce very clearly that the Norwich community will be safe, inclusive, and respectful of all students, faculty, staff, and guests. Given our guiding values of mutual respect, dignity, and inclusive leadership, all of us have a significant role in helping to make our nation better. We are citizens of the greatest country in the world, and must stand united to combat intolerable behavior.
President Richard W. Schneider introduces Colonel Mark Anarumo, USAF, (Ret.), the 24th president of Norwich University, and welcomes him on June 1, 2020, his first day as president of the nation’s oldest private military college.
Watch President Richard W. Schneider address the Norwich University community May 14, 2020, with the latest update on establishing two task forces to address employees’ return to work plans, and scenario planning for the upcoming fall 2020 semester under the leadership and direction of Provost Sandra Affenito.
Due to the Stay Home executive order issued by Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, Norwich University employees are required to remain at home unless they have been designated in writing by Human Resources as an “essential employee” and have been asked to work on campus by their supervisor.