This has been an unusual election in many ways. Because of the strong emotional overtones of the campaign, many of our students (as well as many of our faculty and staff) have been affected more strongly than we have seen in prior elections.
One of the exciting things about being your provost is the opportunity to see so much of what I value exemplified across Grounds – excellence, community spirit, personal teaching and learning, inclusiveness, fairness, wellness and positive impact on lives and society. But perhaps no value at a great University is more important than truth. It is at the foundation of what we do in discovering and imparting knowledge with and to students. It is at the heart of why we find it so important to support academic freedom.