Tuesday, September 27, 2005
As a public service, I copy and paste all campus community letters into this blog. Emphasis mine.
TO: Campus Community
FROM: Cornelius Kerwin
SUBJECT: Campus Update
We are a month into the new semester and the time is right for
a report. As I and others have noted, we welcomed classes of
freshmen, transfer, and graduate students who are extraordinary
in many respects. By all conventional means of measuring
academic qualifications, they are the strongest group in the
This fall also brought tragedy of unimaginable proportions in
the form of the fierce Hurricane Katrina. Our response was
typical of this community, but no less remarkable. We welcomed
115 hurricane displaced students into our midst, and we will do
all we can to assist them in returning to their home
institutions when those universities and colleges are ready to
Reports from across campus indicate growing concern regarding
the Board of Trustees inquiry, Dr. Ladner’s status, and the
news media stories on these subjects. The concern is
understandable in light of the extended period of uncertainty.
I cannot give you a certain date when the matter will be fully
resolved. This week, representatives of the board will meet
with groups representing the administration, faculty, students,
and staff to gain a better understanding of the community’s
reactions and recommendations. The board shares the hope of the
AU community that this will be concluded, with finality, as
soon as possible.
In the meantime, please share my confidence that, as the Middle
States Commission concluded recently, American University is
strong. We continue to provide education of the highest quality
to our students and produce scholarship and professional work
important, influential, and of service to our community,
nation, and world in countless ways. Woven through the news
stories of the past weeks, one consistent theme has been
repeated time and again—that American University has made
tremendous progress on numerous fronts and that our reputation
It is the faculty, students, and staff of this institution
whose intellects, talent, discipline, and dedication have
produced these results and who continue to do so every day.
That fact is understood and appreciated.
Thank you for giving American University such a fine start to
another academic year.
Way to spin, Kerwin. Seriously. AU may be getting its name dragged through major papers and political circles, but the story's say we've gotten better, aside from our president fudging hundreds of thousands of dollars!
JH 12:03 AM