NORWICH RECORD | Fall 2020
Norwich University remains a leader both in higher education and in the community of citizens who serve our republic. Our strong position in today’s complex and competitive higher education market is the outcome of an ambitious vision and strategy, sound tactical decision-making, a creative mindset, and the enduring value and relevance of our educational brand. The value of a Norwich degree is based not just on the quality of academic instruction but also in the endless experiential learning opportunities that stretch our students’ imaginations and launch them on the path to professional and personal success.
The global pandemic has impacted countless aspects of our lives and our livelihoods. Yet even during this current public health emergency and time of national crisis, Norwich remains strong, with an impressive academic portfolio and a 200-year-old tradition of preparing leaders of principle and purpose to serve our nation.
Our path forward in these challenging and uncertain times is grounded in our ability to be agile and loyal, reactive and strategic, practical and theoretical. Daily we demonstrate flexibility, determination, and grit as we strive to offer our students a meaningful college experience in a world of physical distancing and limited interactions. The character of Norwich and its people is still and will always be found in our university motto: “I Will Try.”
We are making great and expedient strides in realizing how to deliver our transformational academic and leadership development programs and athletic and student life experiences in-person, online, and in creative, hybrid modalities to students on campus and remotely, yet will remain flexible should the need arise to pivot to remote learning. By leveraging the broad and unique talents of our campus community and our collective spirit of innovation, Norwich’s mission of educating students to lead engaged, consequential, and creative lives; contribute to their communities; and address the world’s most challenging problems will not be defeated by this pandemic.
While this fall will look much different than any time in our history, I am grateful that we will be able to come together again in a way that upholds educational opportunity while maximizing the health and safety of the entire Norwich community.
We’re playing the long game, as we have for the past two centuries. In crisis lies opportunity, and I have every confidence that guided by our mission and our values we will rise to the occasion as a community, demonstrate courage, lead with honor and integrity, do what’s right, and prevail.
I welcome your comments and appreciate your support.
Dr. Mark C. Anarumo, Colonel, USAF (Ret)