President’s message regarding staff schedules, adjustments during state executive order

In a message to the Campbell University community on Sunday, President J. Bradley Creed announced that he has asked all vice presidents, deans and other supervisors to work closely with staff across campus to coordinate schedules, make staffing decisions and make other necessary adjustments regarding their day-to-day activities. 

“Given Gov. Cooper’s executive order, we recognize that many of you will experience disruptions to your family schedules including having children out of school and dealing with other loved ones who require special care,” Creed said. “We all still have jobs to perform and goals to meet for Campbell University, but we must also have grace and patience as we work together and communicate our individual circumstances.”

On Thursday, the president announced the University will transition all in-person (face-to-face) classes on all campuses to online and remote learning from March 16 through April 5, in response to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Residential students were strongly encouraged to leave campus during this time, though many University operations (residence halls, dining halls, other services) will remain in operation during this time for those who must stay. 

According to Creed, approximately 300 students have chosen to remain on campus this weekend. 

Reed the president’s full message below: 


Campbell Colleagues:

Gov. Roy Cooper addressed the citizens of North Carolina on Saturday, March 14, and put new guidelines and requirements in place to suspend the spread of COVID-19 across our state. Gov. Cooper’s new executive order stops mass gatherings of more than 100 people and the closing of all North Carolina public schools for at least two weeks ‪beginning March 16.

We are keeping our campus open for students who need to stay (there are about 300 students remaining on campus at this time) as well as meeting other university obligations, including delivering instruction through on-line and remote learning beginning Monday, March 16.

Given Gov. Cooper’s executive order, we recognize that many of you will experience disruptions to your family schedules including having children out of school and dealing with other loved ones who require special care.

By way of this message, I am asking our vice presidents, deans and other supervisors to work closely with staff across campus to coordinate schedules, make staffing decisions, and other necessary adjustments in this highly unusual situation to begin the week of ‪March 16.

We all still have jobs to perform and goals to meet for Campbell University, but we must also have grace and patience as we work together and communicate our individual circumstances. I believe our collective Campbell team is resourceful enough to develop decisive solutions to sustain basic operations during these trying times.

The university cabinet will meet ‪on Monday, March 16, at 8 a.m. to discuss staffing needs for the university over the next two to three weeks, including discussions related to working remotely and other options.

Please know that the safety and well-being of our entire campus community is of the greatest concern to me and the university administration. Have a restful Sunday — it looks like most of us will experience church at home — and we’ll keep you informed with further updates early in the week.

Sincerely,

Brad Creed
President