MICHAEL K. YOUNG
November 20, 2020
While "gratitude" may not be the first word that comes to mind when thinking of 2020, it is one I have been thinking about a lot, especially as we approach Thanksgiving.
To our students, thank you for your flexibility and resilience as we moved online in the spring and summer and returned to Aggieland this fall when many universities across the nation were unable to do so. You found new ways to connect and welcome new and returning Aggies and to keep on your paths to graduation and beyond.
To our faculty, thank you for adapting to a whole new layer of instruction in multiple ways, including synchronous instruction, guidance for students, continued research – in some cases life-saving COVID-19 protocols – and support for each other.
To our staff – including Texas A&M and our contractor support organizations – thank you for working tirelessly to support health, safety, communications and continuity in our mission to graduate leaders who will serve communities and indeed the world.
To our greater Aggie family, including our affiliates and former students who generously contributed to emergency funding for our students and communities, thank you for support.
To Bryan-College Station and other communities in which we work and live, thank you for your resilience in the face of COVID-19 and we look forward to health and economic recovery as we all navigate this time.
Thank you, and to each and all of you, a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!
Michael K. Young