Gratitude, resiliency and hope: a message from President Humphreys
The words that come to mind when I think of The King’s University and our extended community are gratitude, resiliency, and hope. I am so grateful for how we responded to the challenges presented by a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic. We pivoted within days to complete the winter semester in remote format. We continued to provide housing for students unable to return home over the summer months. And this fall, unlike most of our peers who remain predominately online, almost 70% of our students have taken us up on the opportunity to have some in-person classes.
Our fall student numbers dramatically exceeded all expectations as we surpassed even last year's record setting enrolment despite a 70% decline in international students due to travel restrictions. We also have 120 students (50% of total capacity) living in our campus residences as household cohorts. This spring, our support community rose to the challenge of helping us equip our campus for enhanced remote learning experiences and our student community has repeatedly expressed their gratitude for the ways we have adapted. All of our staff and faculty made sacrifices over the summer to safeguard the financial position of the university and we now find ourselves well-positioned to continue to serve students with excellence.
We are committed to building a more humane, just, and sustainable world where all may belong and flourish. We are dedicated to fighting racism, sexism, ableism, and all forms of oppression that exist within our community. In a world that is so divided, we want to be a university that is a beacon of hope, living out our deeply rooted Christian values, demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ to all of God’s people.
Thank you for your continued support. Your prayers and encouragement have been a great source of strength to me and the entire King’s community. May you know the peace and provision of God in these strange days. Thank you for navigating this global crisis with us.
Melanie Humphreys, PhD