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March 5, 2020

Dear Members of the John Carroll University Community,

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is a serious and evolving global situation that requires our vigilant attention. With that in mind, I have asked Dr. Steve Herbert, Provost and Academic Vice President, to assemble a formal task force that will continue to monitor the situation and provide recommendations on all decisions related to COVID-19 moving forward.

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark D. McCarthy, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Garry Homany, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management, the COVID-19 Task Force will assess the immediate and long-term impact and needs related to Coronavirus on the John Carroll University community. As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, the group will partner with many on campus, as well as consult with local, regional and national agencies, to protect our faculty, staff, and students, and prepare for future action.

The COVID-19 Task Force has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage that will serve as a starting point for members of our community who have questions about the impact of the virus and John Carroll University’s response and planning.

The following is a roster of COVID-19 Task Force members:

  • Dr. Mark D. McCarthy, Vice President for Student Affairs (Co-Chair)
  • Garry Homany, Director of Risk Management & Regulatory Affairs (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Steve Herbert, Provost & Academic Vice President 
  • Dr. Jim Krukones, Associate Academic Vice President 
  • Colleen Treml, General Counsel
  • Jennifer Rick, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources 
  • Jan Krevh, R.N., B.S.N., Director of the Student Health and Wellness Center 
  • Melanie Hahn, Assistant Director, Center for Global Education & Study Abroad
  • Dr. Mike Martin, Associate Dean for Sciences, Mathematics & Health 
  • Dr. Walter Simmons, Associate Dean, Boler College of Business 
  • Mike Scanlan, Executive Director of Strategic Communications 

The Task Force will keep me informed of important issues and recommendations. The group also will be providing regular updates to the University community, as appropriate, and will communicate directly with individuals and groups on campus to address specific issues regarding COVID-19. 

Best wishes,

Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D.
President, John Carroll University