It is my sad responsibility to inform the campus that Jay Embree, our colleague and friend, was found dead at his home yesterday. Jay's generous presence was a cornerstone of our campus community, and his warmth touched each person here, whether through a short chat while checking in at the dining hall or in a long talk over coffee. He made an effort to know each student, faculty, and staff member on a personal level, and he held those connections with great care.
As we learn more about services, I will let you know more details about plans to honor Jay's life.
For now, you may want to take time to reflect on the many ways in which the campus was elevated by Jay's presence. And during this season of thanksgiving, we can give thanks that Jay was a part of our community for so long.