March 20, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,
I write to you as another week of immense change for our learning community and our world draws to a close. As I shared in a message to students earlier today, the sheer scope and pace of this change has been difficult to process. As such, I want to acknowledge the many thoughts and feelings each of us has as we rush to adapt to this new reality – both in our personal and professional lives. Learning to work in new ways and in new settings is never simple. Doing so while also dealing with a public health emergency makes it that much more difficult.
So, let me begin by first thanking you for all your dedication, thoughtfulness, and care. We all believe Tuck is a very special place, but it is in times like these where the Tuck character and spirit is readily apparent.
It is also important to draw inspiration from the progress that is building across our school with the spring term set to start in a few short days. As you read this, faculty and IT colleagues are hard at work to transition to remote-only learning for the rest of the spring term. Our MBAPO and center teams are busy crafting a new slate of virtual co-curricular experiences for students in the weeks to come. And staff colleagues across Tuck are fast adjusting to working remotely, meeting up daily on Zoom and embracing new ways of collaborating online.
Just as gratifying as this progress is the support and concern we continue to show one another. More challenges surely lie ahead. With your commitment—to our school, to our students, and to each other—I have no doubt we will rise to them.
Thank you for everything you did for Tuck this week. Take good care this weekend.
Matthew J. Slaughter
Dean of the Tuck School of Business
Dartmouth has formed a high-level task force to plan for and manage possible disruptions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, monitor federal and state recommendations, implement guidance, and communicate with our community.