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Our Approach

A team of faculty and staff have been working diligently to prepare for a safe and healthy ETBU campus experience this Fall 2021 semester. The ETBU Health and Safety Task Force has formulated an operational plan with standards, expectations, and resources to guide faculty, staff, students, and guests in staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Our approach is based on guidance from health officials, health care consultants, and the CDC. The Coronavirus pandemic presents a dynamic situation that the Health and Safety Task Force will continue to monitor closely, and make any needed adjustments to University operations and health/safety protocols to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19.

Adaptive Action Triggers

Campus operations are subject to change at any time based on the following considerations:

  • Consideration 1: Significant, applicable actions by city, state, or federal public officials
  • Consideration 2: Testing and tracing capacity on campus and locally
  • Consideration 3: Numbers and trends of COVID-19 case and positivity rates for our community
  • Consideration 4: Numbers and trends of COVID-19 hospital admissions and stressors
  • Consideration 5: Availability of personal protective equipment and testing kits
  • Consideration 6: Availability of isolation facilities and support staff for students
  • Consideration 7: Trends among other comparable institutions of higher education
  • Consideration 8: Availability and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Consideration 9: Recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Health and Safety Task Force

Dr. J. Blair Blackburn

Dr. Thomas Sanders
Provost and Vice President 
for Academic Affairs

Dr. Scott Bryant
Vice President for Advancement

Becky Davis 
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
and Communication

Ryan Erwin 
Vice President for Student Engagement 
and Athletics  

Lee Ferguson
Vice President for 
Financial Affairs

Jeremy Johnston
Vice President for Enrollment

Dr. Rebekah Grigsby
Dean of the School of Nursing

Shannon Cash
Director of Sisk Health Services Clinic

Tara Bachtel
Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs
and Director of Human Resources

Chris Crawford
Assistant Vice President
for University Operations

Larry Northcutt
Security, Compliance, and Accountability