It was fun doing a Roundtable in Richmond last night. This was the city where the whole concept of Roundtables started. It was good to connect with old friends again. Barney Hawkins and I enjoyed the trip.
As promised at the start of the week, I am continuing to share with the community some of the important Board decisions. So today, let me highlight the decision of the Board around campus security. Approximately $500,000 is being taken from the capital reserve to fund cameras and swipe card access to the main buildings on the campus. The advantage of swipe card access is that we can designate particular cards for particular buildings; we are aware the time and identity of people going in and out of buildings; and we can, at an instant, lock down every major building on the campus from a central location. The cameras would deter and monitor potential attempts to enter buildings illegally. This is the start of a multi-phase improvement to security.
There is no substitute for being careful and alert around the campus. Personal belongings should not simply be left in an unlocked office. So personal vigilance is good. But these changes are a recognition that we need to work harder to keep everyone safe.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President