Board adopts resolution in support of Virginia Tech

The following resolution was passed today by the William and Mary Board of Visitors:

Board of Visitors Resolution 38President Gene R. Nichol takes a moment of silence. By Stephen Salpukas.

April 19-20, 2007 Page 1 of 1

College of William and Mary
Expression of Esteem and support
for the Virginia Tech Family

Our sister university, our Commonwealth, and each of our lives have been touched by tragedy that mocks our imagination and defies our powers to describe. We think often of 33 women and men--students finding a foothold of promise, professors in the full stride of accomplishment, senior scholars walking the horizon of well-earned recognition. Each time, words fail.

Their loss takes the breath and numbs the mind. Yet we know that our measure of grief little compares to that borne by our sisters and brothers in the Virginia Tech family.

Our prayer is that sharing the burden lightens it for all. And so we joined hearts and hands, in the late hours of Monday, April 16, and scores of times since. We sign banners. We sign Facebook. We trade, for a time, the green and gold for maroon and orange. We celebrate our kinship with the Hokies--unmoved by horror, unbowed by fear.

We hope, in our best hours, to take up their example: honoring the character strengthened through trial, placing the common good before the fleeting individual need, asking the hard questions, and finding peace despite hard answers--or no answers at all. Looking out for and comforting one another.

We are all Hokies today.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary hereby acknowledges the tremendous loss visited upon Virginia Tech and pledges the College’s continuing support for those who serve and love it.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board salutes the leadership, courage, and compassion shown by President Charles W. Steger and his colleagues, and binds the College as one with our sisters and brothers in days to come.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Board of Visitors directs the secretary to spread these sentiments upon the minutes of the Board and ensure that they are made known to Rector Jacob A. Lutz III, President Steger, and their colleagues.