Message from the President: Marshall family pulls together to deal with last week’s winter challenges


I want to thank each person who worked so hard last week to help keep our students, faculty and staff safe during the severe weather conditions we faced.

I can’t say enough about how hard everyone worked, including long hours–many of them spent outdoors in the snow and bitter temperatures. They cleared and salted parking lots and sidewalks, dealt with frozen and bursting pipes and roof leaks, housed and fed students, processed payroll for all our employees, and staffed Marshall Health clinics, Drinko Library, athletic events and theater performances. When a water pipe broke in one of the residence halls on Friday, students pitched in to help clean up and move affected students to temporary quarters. We are indebted to all of these fine folks for going the extra mile and taking care of our facilities and people.

On Wednesday, a number of university representatives attended a scaled-back Marshall Day at the Capitol so that we had a presence, even though we were not able to host our usual display tables. There were some touching moments as both the Senate and House passed resolutions honoring our late president, Dr. Kopp.

It’s never an easy decision to close the university, but in the case of last week, it was necessary. Those who have been around here for many years say they can’t remember the university shutting down for such an extended time due to weather since the late 1970s. We can all hope this situation is not repeated for another 40 years!

Thanks again for showing how Marshall University can work together for the benefit of our students, even under difficult conditions.

We Are Marshall!


Gary G. White
Interim President