I am gratified to announce that yesterday the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, upon the recommendation of the Finance Committee, approved the resumption of retirement contributions effective March 1, 2021—three months earlier than planned. Our finances across the institution are stable in large part because of you, our dedicated and resilient faculty and staff.
Over the past year, your willingness to make sacrifices to sustain our mission, and support our students and our patients’ wellbeing, has been nothing short of inspiring. Our ’Canes spirit, combined with careful decision-making, leads us to where we are today—one step closer to the better normal this historic moment beckons us to imagine.
I am proud to share that what the University of Miami offers—to students and patients—remains in high demand. Despite the pandemic, we have once again broken our institutional record when it comes to student applications, and patients continue to choose UHealth for non-COVID related services.
Let us remember that it is vigilance—our ability and willingness to commit to actions that will serve us now and in the long term—which will ultimately keep us one step ahead of the pandemic and its economic and social ramifications.
We do not know exactly what lies ahead, and the better normal we aim to build must include creative solutions. This past year, we appropriately delayed some institutional investments. As we emerge from uncertainty, we will pursue new and different investments in people, places, and tools that better equip us to achieve our ambitious goals as we approach the University’s centennial in just four years.
Thank you for your work and your commitment to the U and to one another. We are better for it.