Status of Campus Operations Committee; Guiding Principles

Status of Campus Operations Committee and Guiding Principles

Last updated: March 8, 2022

The Status of Campus Operations Committee meets weekly and when conditions dictate.

The charge of this group is to provide leadership oversight for the campus operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic and communicate decisions and plans to the Drew community.

Members of the Status of Campus Operations Committee:
Barb Bresnahan, Chief of Staff
Stuart Dezenhall, Director of Strategic Communications & Content
Joan Galbraith, MSN, APN-C, Director, Health Services
Ryan Hinrichs, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies
Roger Knowles, Professor and Department Chair, Biology
Jessica Lakin, Provost
Frank Merckx, Vice President, Enrollment Management and Campus Life

Guiding Principles

The Campus Operations and key working groups are guided by the following university-wide principles:

Authentic Drew CommunityWithin the context of a healthy physical environment, we strive for an authentic Drew community experience of interpersonal interaction.
Healthy and Safe EnvironmentIn accordance with guidance from the CDC, national student health organizations, and state and local health departments, we implement practices to support physical distancing and other non-pharmaceutical interventions, diagnosis, contact tracing, and isolation practices, and we provide educational resources to support community-members’ responsibility to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Attentiveness to Evolving Governmental, Association, and Health GuidanceWe monitor, consider, and adapt to external requirements and guidance from federal, state, and local entities, associations, and authorities, including athletic associations and conferences, with the goal of providing an authentic Drew community experience within the context of the guidance and requirements.
Personal and Institutional ResponsibilityIn implementing these principles and associated practices, Drew University remains committed to uphold its community standards for health and safety, instructional quality, and interpersonal support for others, while flexibly balancing the community’s collective needs. As a community, we are individually and collectively responsible for supporting and achieving these standards. Members of the community are expected to commit to practices to keep themselves and others safe.
Stewardship of Financial ResourcesRecognizing that financial resources are seriously strained in the COVID-19 environment, we will especially prioritize expenses with a focus on health, core educational activities, and positioning for a sustainable Drew University post-COVID-19.
Clear and Open CommunicationA cornerstone of a healthy and thriving community is communication. This is especially important in times of challenge and change. The University will continue regular and accessible communication about its decisions and practices designed to ensure a healthy and authentic community in the COVID-19 environment. 


Please email any questions to the Status of Campus Operations inbox at We’ll keep using your concerns to shape our planning and the FAQ.