A Message from the President

December 21, 2020

Changes to COVID-19 Response Team

Drawing on the experience and lessons learned from managing Bowie State University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 10 months, adjustments have been made to refine the operational structure as we continue forward into 2021. I want to thank the many individuals across the campus who stepped up to take on added responsibilities as we navigated through the new challenges that confronted the university this year. Your work was tremendously important to the university’s success to deliver on our mission and protect members of our campus community through this semester.

Going forward Dr. Demetrius Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs, will continue to lead BSU’s preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am pleased to announce that Ms. Tanya Jones, Assistant Procurement Officer, has come on board as project manager for the effort. Ms. Jones has already begun to take on responsibilities to coordinate many aspects of the logistical operations. Please give Ms. Jones and Dr. Johnson your full support as we move into the spring semester. Additionally, the following leaders of key campus units have each agreed to serve on the COVID-19 Coordinating Team. They will work together to ensure delivery of all aspects of our residential low-density, hybrid intensive model this spring.

·      Ms. Marivic Weiss – Information Technology

·      Mr. Darryl Williford -- Facilities

·      Mr. Steve Jost -- Procurement

·      Mr. Jason Imperati – Athletics

·      Dr. Rita Wutoh – Wellness Center

·      Ms. Cassandra Robinson – University Relations & Marketing 

·      Ms. Sheila Hobson -- Human Resources

·      Ms. Shari Christi – Registrar’s Office

·      Mr. Robert Alicea – Residence Life

I want to express the utmost appreciation for the work of Mr. Wade Henley and Ms. Dawnita Smith from Auxiliary Services for their dedication as project managers for the past months. They took on the task as we initiated planning for the fall return to campus and helped build the university’s framework for managing through the crisis. They were invaluable resources, bringing their expertise to bear to meet the university’s needs at that critical moment and throughout the semester. I applaud their work and thank them for their dedicated service.