A Message from Chancellor Martin

April 15, 2020 

It has been a month now since our dramatic and sudden shift to total online instruction and the beginning of our move to have most employees work from home. Simply put, none of us have gone through anything like what the COVID-19 pandemic has demanded of us and our university in our professional lives. 

If it takes a village to raise a family, it takes a town to run a university, with each person making an individual and important contribution to the group effort. I wanted to take a moment to offer thanks to every employee of North Carolina A&T, each faculty and staff member, for all that each of you have done to step up and meet the challenges of this moment.

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  • In the space of one week, our faculty moved incredibly quickly to transition their courses online. Prior to the arrival of coronavirus, we were offering fewer than 400 online course sections. By March 16, that number grew to nearly 2,800. It must be noted that faculty accomplished this one week earlier than the UNC System’s required date which allowed us to put in place the social distancing that has helped to keep our students, faculty and staff healthy. We owe them all a debt of gratitude for their rapid adaptation to technical and academic challenges when it mattered the most.
  • Staff across the university, from Information Technology Services, Academic Affairs and all points in between, made arrangements to work from home, wherever possible. And, Housing and Residence Life made it possible for students to remain on campus if they could not return home. This enabled the business of the university to continue, largely uninterrupted, even with few students or employees on campus. Our technology has continued to function, our grounds and buildings have continued to be cared for and our paychecks have arrived on time, even with all the demands of our current environment. We owe these staff members, their supervisors and their department and divisions a special thanks every time we access the services that their committed work continues to make possible.
  • Finally, I want to offer a special thanks to those members of the Aggie family classified as essential or mandatory. In the event of an emergency or crisis, these individuals are required to work on campus, unless they are able to accomplish their duties from a remote location -- something that simply isn’t possible for a great many of them. Many of the officers in our police department, the workers in our Office of Facilities and employees in the Student Health Center, as well as numerous others, are included in this category and have continued their work on campus at a time when it would feel safer to be isolating at home. I will always be appreciative of their above-and-beyond efforts.  

We are not out of the woods as far as coronavirus is concerned. We face numerous difficult decisions in the coming weeks regarding stay-at-home orders, commencement, summer programming and how and when we begin to return to some sense of normalcy. With the dedication that each of you have shown over the past month, I know that we will not only meet those challenges, but continue to thrive as a leading research and land grant university and as the number one public HBCU in the nation.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.


Harold L. Martin Sr.,