Chancellor's Message to the Virginia Tech Community on Behalf of USM

On behalf of the Board of Regents and the students, faculty, and staff of the University System of Maryland, I express our profound grief and heartfelt sympathy to the Virginia Tech community over Monday's horrific events. Most especially, we send our deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. We can only imagine the grievous sense of pain and suffering all associated with the university are experiencing at this moment.

No one can ever be prepared for a tragedy of this magnitude. As time moves on, I know that the enduring quality of a great institution like Virginia Tech will enable its students, faculty, staff, and alumni to move forward even from such an unspeakable tragedy and profound loss as this. In the meantime, the members of the Virginia Tech community will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

--William E. Kirwan, Chancellor


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