Dear Marietta College Community,

As Thanksgiving approaches, Judy, Fuzzy, and I would like to wish everyone a healthy, safe, and wonderful start to the holiday season.

My favorite Thanksgiving quote comes from Randy Pausch, the former Carnegie Mellon professor who gained fame for his battle with pancreatic cancer. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”

It is important that we show gratitude to each and every one of us every day.

This year, I give thanks in a special way to all of you. Thank you to our students for pursuing your education with persistence and resilience. Thanks to our parents and family members, whose support of our students is so important. Special thanks to our faculty and staff, who have helped us return to normalcy inside and outside of the classroom and are moving Marietta College forward. I am so grateful for the spirit and determination you have demonstrated over the past year.


I am pleased to witness, every day at Marietta College, countless acts of compassion, generosity, and expressions of gratitude within our community. These attributes are what make our community so special.

I hope you are able to enjoy this holiday break to connect with loved ones and appreciate what brings you a sense of gratitude.

Conversely, I also understand that this time of year may be challenging for some. While it is joyful, the holiday season can also bring on, or heighten, feelings of stress, anxiety, loss, and depression. The respect and concern that we demonstrate for others has always been a hallmark of the Marietta College Community, and I encourage you to take care with friends and colleagues who may need our support and encouragement during this season of thanks.

With Thanks,

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management