Positive Steps Forward

March 30, 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Given the recent promising developments around global health and our positive momentum toward an in-person fall, we have many reasons to be optimistic about the coming months.  After carefully reviewing our financial situation with a priority to reverse the temporary measures taken during the past year, we are pleased to share that:

  • We will reinstate the university’s matching retirement contribution for faculty and staff in July;
  • We will reinstate merit increases for faculty and staff, also in July; and
  • We are actively preparing for a regular cycle of faculty hiring, beginning with planning late this spring.  We have continually hired faculty and staff through the Resource Allocation Committee process, which has approved more than 100 hires since last May.

In addition to these actions, we are continuing our discussions with academic, administrative, and faculty leadership on fiscal 2022 budgets, which include items such as travel and events, and further reflects our progress toward a post-pandemic world.  Still, it is important that our budget planning this year also acknowledges the differences in our current environment compared to years past, particularly with respect to revenue projections, the needs of the institution we are today, and the uncertainty of the future.

With these latest steps and our planning for the fall, we are making very encouraging progress.  We are further along the road to recovery, and we are able to see more heartening developments on the horizon.  As always, this journey and our decisions will be driven by our commitments to safety, care, and fulfilling the academic mission.

Thank you for all that you continue to do for our students, for your colleagues, and for GW.

Stay safe and stay well.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. LeBlanc, President

M. Brian Blake, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mark Diaz, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer