The William & Mary Board of Visitors unanimously passed the following resolution during its meeting on Aug. 25, 2020. - Ed.
WHEREAS beginning in early March 2020 and continuously since then the staff and faculty of William & Mary have been operating under the unprecedented circumstances of a global pandemic known as COVID-19. The pandemic has unleashed an astonishing series of unforeseen consequences and placed an enormous strain on the selfless men and women who serve the William & Mary community. They have served, nearly without pause, even as the pandemic persists, with the goal of continuing to provide education, teaching and learning for our community, ensuring the safety and well-being of our community, and making decisions that reflect a thoughtful response to a rapidly evolving and constantly changing situation, and
WHEREAS these efforts are often made quietly, with resolve for the greater purpose of keeping our community safe. The character of each member of the William & Mary staff and faculty has been sorely tested since the onset of the pandemic and will continue to be tested in the uncertain days, weeks, and months ahead and
WHEREAS it does not do justice to the service provided by our staff and faculty to simply say, “thank you,” although we do, indeed thank them. The commitments that each has made, the remarkable gifts of time and talent they have each given and will continue to give in the face of the exceptional ambiguity they face, must be recognized with our sincerest appreciation. The names of the thousands of individuals who have acted surely, consistently and without hesitation cannot all be named here, but all are recognized by this resolution.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED That the Board of Visitors of William & Mary hereby lauds the staff and faculty of the university with our gratitude and praise; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That the Board of Visitors hereby supports the decision by President Katherine Rowe to make November 30, 2020 “Healthy Together Employee Recognition Day” that includes a paid day off.