Dear Campbell Community,
Over the past few days, Hurricane Florence has brought significant rains and wind to our state. In some parts of eastern North Carolina, the flooding has been devastating, leading to the loss of lives, homes and businesses.
In consideration for the travel risks associated with the storm, the university leadership canceled classes and suspended normal operations on Sept. 12. Nearly 300 residential students remained at the Buies Creek campus during the storm. Damage and flooding have been minimal on our main campus, and no power outages were reported during the storm. We are grateful for the residential, dining services and facilities staff who have worked hard to serve the needs of these students during this time.
The campus is ready and prepared when we resume normal operations and hold classes on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
We are well aware that difficulties remain across the region in the wake of this powerful hurricane. Some students who left before the storm may find it challenging to make it safely back to campus. Additionally, neighborhoods near Campbell, including Keith Hills, have been evacuated as the Cape Fear River continues to rise. The river is expected to crest on Tuesday. We continue to offer our prayers and expressions of concern for those whose lives have been disrupted by this storm.
As students return to campus, we urge you to use caution as some roads remain closed or impassible in parts of our state. The North Carolina Department of Transportation continues to monitor travel conditions and provides frequent updates: https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/
Please know that when you return, there are people here who will welcome you back and are ready to assist in making a transition to classes and the regular rhythms of university life. Flood waters, debris, and damaged buildings are not the only things left in the wake of a hurricane.
There is also uncertainty, confusion and sadness due to forces and factors over which we have no control. This caring university community is ready to provide support as we move forward and anticipate brighter days ahead.
I am thankful for each and every one of you who makes Campbell University a special place to live and learn. I look forward to seeing you when you return to campus on Wednesday.
Brad Creed, President