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Message of Support to the Aggie Community

General (Ret.) Mark A. Welsh III
Interim President

October 13, 2023

Members of the Aggie Family,

My heart is broken by the horrible violence in Israel and Gaza. The inexcusable terrorist attack on innocent civilians was shocking, and escalated violence in the region will cost even more innocent lives. War, even when justified, is an ugly thing.

I will continue to pray for the safe release of the hostages. I will also continue to pray for an end to this violent chapter and for lasting peace in the Middle East. Most importantly, I will pray for a world where people and nations can address and resolve their differences without standing behind a gun. Regardless of the faith you practice, or whether you practice any faith at all, I hope you will join me in that aspiration.

For all members of our faculty, staff and student body affected by the current conflict in any way - emotionally, psychologically, or through friends or family connections - Texas A&M is here for you, and we have a variety of resources available to anyone who needs additional support:

For anyone who lost friends or loved ones to this violence, you have my heartfelt condolences, and I will do everything in my power to ensure this campus remains a safe place for people of all beliefs to live, work and learn.

Let us stand together in solidarity and offer comfort and compassion to those who are hurting. Ultimately, peace starts with each one of us. Its foundation is the respect that I believe is the birthright of every human being. Let's make sure every member of our Aggie Family feels that respect each and every day.

General (Ret.) Mark A. Welsh III, Interim President