To the University Community:
Before we close the books on another outstanding semester, I want to extend my appreciation to each of you for your support and patience during these difficult times.
Students, your conduct and the active role you have taken in our advocacy efforts have been a source of pride to your University. We have seen you at your best. Those of you who attended the PASSHE Advocacy Days showed maturity beyond your years as you met with our legislators in Harrisburg. Those of you who ran from the campus to the Capitol to call attention to our plight encouraged all of us to push harder to advance our University. And those who attended the Town Hall meeting a few weeks ago conducted yourselves in the most gracious manner possible under the circumstances. Your University takes great pride in knowing that this is but one example of your commitment to advocacy through and civil discourse. Many of you have concerns about registering for the courses that are required for your program of study, increased class sizes and the affordability of your education here at Millersville. Let me assure you that we will do everything in our power to ensure that the University’s promise of an educational experience that is second to none is fulfilled.
Faculty and staff, your commitment to working together toward effective solutions promotes the collaborative atmosphere for which this institution is known. Your extraordinary patience as we all grapple with containing costs and prepare for even deeper budget cuts has been exemplary. We appreciate that many of you have accepted increased workloads to help mitigate the effects of faculty and staff vacancies. I have no doubt that, due in large part to your efforts, we will emerge from this crisis as a stronger organization.
Again, my sincere thanks to all of you for your dedication and encouragement during these challenging times.
Francine G. McNairy