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Coordinating Preparation and Response

In response to the developing COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and abroad, Lander University has convened a COVID-19 Task Force that includes the University's administration, emergency management officials, senior health care clinicians, and representatives from each university division.

The COVID-19 Task Force is charged with preparing for and managing any possible campus impacts related to the coronavirus outbreak. The task force is engaged in daily planning and discussion to share important updates, review the university's pandemic protocols, and provide guidance and communication to members of Lander's campus community. Members are in frequent contact with federal, state and local government and public health agencies for the most current information, including the latest guidelines and recommendations issued for colleges and universities.

The task force's central focus is on protecting the health and safety of students, faculty and staff; maintaining Lander's commitment to education and service; and preserving the university's academic, business and administrative operations.



Greg Allen, University Police

Jeff Beaver, Engineering and Facilities

Rodney Boyter, Campus Safety/Emergency Management

Tracy Clifton, Student Affairs

Dr. James Colbert, Academic Affairs

Catherine Covar, Housing and Residence Life

Robin Lawrence, Information Technology Services

Matthew Lugo, ARAMARK Food Services

Deb Nygro, University Relations

Megan Price, University Relations

Kim Shannon, Wellness Center

Adam Weyer, Athletics

Dr. Holisa Wharton, William Preston Turner School of Nursing


Executive Leadership Team

Richard Cosentino, President

Adam Taylor, Chief of Staff, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Scott Jones, Provost, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Boyd Yarbrough, Vice President for Student Affairs

Brian Reese, Director of Athletics

Mike Worley, Vice President for University Advancement

Crystal Rookard, Vice President and General Counsel

Matt Braaten, Assistant Vice President for Planning, Analytics & Decision Support