Message from the Provost - March 27, 2019

A Message from Provost Ann E. Cudd

March 27, 2019

Dear Panther Nation,

These last few weeks have been particularly trying for our community. The brevity of this message is going to reflect that—as well as the intensity and dynamism that define life at Pitt.

The semester's work is building to an apex. I just returned from Pitt Day in Harrisburg. It was an amazing day—one in which we all came together to express our belief in the critically important and unique role Pitt plays in Pennsylvania and around the world. I'm also so happy to be making trips around the country to meet Pitt alums. I can tell you that I've never met more engaged and generous individuals—all of whom are passionate about the University and its future.

In my experiences this far during my inaugural year, there are so many issues and opportunities that continue to emerge for deep thought and which are ripe to be addressed. I can tell you that I have been touched by the positivity, energy, and hard work of students, faculty, and staff across all of our campuses. I can also say that I have been saddened and touched forever by losses we have experienced as a community—and strengthened by our resilience and by hope.

Most recently, Pittsburgh experienced a trial that touched the community, our precious youth, and members of the Pitt family, and led us to question our legal system. Questions about equity and justice must continue to be asked and answered. In the weeks and months ahead, it is vitally important to continue to reach out to one another and to seek ways to advance dialogues that can contribute to understanding and social change. As events are scheduled, I will post them to the Office of the Provost website. And, even when we cannot do it all, what is important is that we will always do all we can. That is my personal commitment—and I want to believe it will be contagious.

As activist Marian Wright Edelman once observed, "The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place."

Hail to Pitt!

Ann E. Cudd
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor


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