April 26, 2017
To members of the University Community,
Last fall, I asked Professor of Chemistry Deon Miles, in his role as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Athletics, to lead a timely study of an important topic. The topic was football at Sewanee: its place in the life of the University community; the importance attached to it by generations of graduates; its prominence in the history of the University; and ways to nurture a tradition of excellence going forward.
In giving the Task Force on Football its charge, I emphasized to them that this undertaking was not primarily about wins and losses, though of course fielding a competitive team enhances the reputation of the University. Nor was it meant to be directed at any particular individual, office, or policy. Nor did it reflect an attitude of concern. In the spirit of reasoned inquiry, it is simply a good and proper thing from time to time to take a good look at all the things we do at the University, with an eye always keenly focused on the nature of the student experience.
Members of the Task Force included Chalankis Brown C’11, alumnus; Lisa Burns, Associate Dean of Admission; John Grammer, Professor of English; Mark Lawrence C’81, alumnus; Brandon Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology; Lauryl Tucker C’99, Associate Professor of English; and Mark Webb, Director of Athletics.
I received the Task Force report last week. We have all agreed that it should be shared in full. The report follows.
The Task Force has done a thorough and quite constructive job. Its recommendations are sound and appropriate. With the additional consultations implicit in many of those recommendations, I intend to move forward expeditiously in the months and years ahead. I am grateful to these our friends and colleagues for the good work they have done.
John M. McCardell, Jr.
Vice-Chancellor and President
To view the full report, click here.