Nearly 1,100 employees logged on to view Ithaca College’s first-ever virtual all-faculty-and-staff gathering on March 31 to receive updates on the state of the college. President Shirley M. Collado was joined by members of her senior leadership team, four of whom addressed the community remotely via Zoom.
Collado acknowledged that we are experiencing a historic moment in our society and in our sector of education, with the coronavirus pandemic creating unprecedented challenges in the way colleges around the country are operating. While Ithaca College is no different in experiencing those challenges, she said that IC is poised to take them on from a position of strength.
“This moment demands the very best of us,” she said. “It forces us to solve pressing issues in a compressed amount of time; things we were putting on a timeline of three to four years. Unlike other institutions that will not survive this pressure point, we were already in a position where we were gearing up for major change that will allow this institution to prevail into the future.”