The following resolution was passed today by the William and Mary Board of Visitors:
Board of Visitors Resolution 38
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
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
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.