COVID-19 Can't Stop Good - April 7, 2020

Dear Kean University alumni,

I remain deeply grateful to everyone in the Kean University community – our students and their families, faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and our Alumni Association – for the enormous spirit and ingenuity that has been demonstrated on so many fronts these past weeks.

I realize that you are facing a number of competing priorities at this time – primary among them is the health of your family and community. Please know that Kean University stands with you during these challenging times. A few inspiring examples follow:

  • Union County, in conjunction with various partners, is currently operating a COVID-19 testing facility on Kean’s campus.
  • Kean is blessed with an outstanding team of faculty and staff, who have managed heroically in this crisis situation.
  • We are, also, blessed with equally outstanding students, who are navigating Kean’s first-ever fully remote educational experience.

I am thankful for the support we have received from so many of you during this unprecedented time. In fact, many of you have asked how you could help. Our top priority right now is the health and well-being of our Kean community, particularly our students. Since most of us are asked to stay at home, a great way to help is by supporting the following fund:

  • The Fund for Excellence – Your gift will be unrestricted, and that is the best kind of assistance we can use. Kean University applies these monies to where they are needed most, which can be particularly helpful given the fluid environment we find ourselves in. Your support can provide financial relief to students enduring unprecedented hardships with costs related to food, transportation, housing and more. By making a gift today, you help support all of our students – undergraduate, graduate, student-athletes, and more.

As we move forward, we will continue to find new ways to teach, to connect as a community, and to thrive – even in the face of this difficult unknown. Kean University was founded in 1855 – 165 years ago – and has survived epidemics, wars, and other strife throughout our long history, only to get better and better.

Stay strong, be well, and keep the faith. Let us all recommit to the best of what the Kean University community is and stands for.

We will help one another to come through this and we will do it together.

William H. Miller, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Kean University Foundation