Dear Ithaca College community,
On Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15, the Ithaca College Board of Trustees convened for its first-ever virtual meetings, due to the ongoing public health crisis. Though we — like all of you — successfully conducted our important business in a remote environment, we sincerely missed this IC community and the many opportunities our on-campus board meetings deliver for us to connect with you, including the major highlight of our spring meetings: the college’s Commencement ceremony and celebrations. We wish the very best to our graduates in the Class of 2020, and look forward to being on South Hill again soon. We hope all of you reading this are staying safe, healthy, and IC strong.
The board also wants to acknowledge and express its sincere condolences to this community on the passing of Associate Professor Sue-Je Gage. Many trustees knew Sue-Je through her exceptional work as a President’s Fellow, and we share your grief in her loss.
We know this has been a difficult semester in many ways, and the board wants to express its appreciation for the effort and endurance of IC’s faculty, staff, and students — particularly applauding the faculty and staff for quickly mobilizing to move to remote instruction — as well as the strong leadership of the college’s administration in guiding the institution through what is undoubtedly one of the most difficult times in its history. The board’s greatest responsibility is to ensure the college’s long-term health and fiscal sustainability, and now, more than ever, trustees remain focused on and strongly committed to our fiduciary duty in support of the mission of Ithaca College.
Keeping this fiduciary duty front of mind, the board and senior leadership team have decided to delay the approval of the college’s FY21 budget until late June to allow for additional essential information to be available to help inform this important decision. As many of you know, the college moved its admissions deadline to June 1, which is a critical factor in institutional financial planning. Additionally, the board recognizes the tumultuous and ever-evolving global and national economic landscape within which the college operates.