Message from the Dean

August 24, 2020



Already, it has been a fall semester like none other, and I can’t thank you enough for following the 3Ws (Wear a face covering; Wait 6 feet apart; and Wash your hands). I’ve been pleased with how classes in Peacock Hall have gone, and (while it’s not the bustling environment we’re accustomed to) there has been learning, togetherness and safety. Above is an image I snapped of Professor Richard Sparks leading an MBA Executive Seminar in the 2nd floor Beasley Room during our first week back. When I dropped in, Dr. Sparks’ students were busy learning, but also building community. I was pleased, too, with the effective, community-building dialog during last week’s diversity and inclusion town hall. I sincerely thank those community members who brought their unique perspectives, experiences and voices to the table. If you missed the town hall, you can view it online here. Over the course of this semester, I hope you’ll create meaningful connections with others — be it online like the town hall zoom or in person like Dr. Sparks’ classroom — and develop your network within the Walker College. Please review each week’s upcoming opportunities, and engage with and contribute to this community as often as you’re able.

—Sandra Vannoy, Walker College of Business Acting Dean