A Good Friday/Easter Message from CAU President George T. French, Jr.


April 2, 2021 

Dear CAU Family, 

As we celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday, I am reminded of two words… sacrifice and resurrection. Indeed, we celebrate both as it relates to Jesus Christ and the sacrifices He paid in dying for our sins and the new beginnings that came about resulting from his resurrection. 

Clark Atlanta University has spent the past year figuratively and literally sacrificing and making significant adjustments to its normal operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, with the many blessings we received even during the pandemic and the anticipation of being back in full operation as of fall 2021, I foresee new beginnings on the horizon. 

I am immensely thankful to the CAU community – students and their families, faculty, administrators, staff, trustees, and alumni for being true to what we espouse and magnify— “CAU forward together.” Together, we have navigated through a year of uncertainty with a positive and “yes we can” spirit in response to a crisis that impacted the world. 

We were tried and tested, and we have a testimony about how we weathered the storm. We will continue to take up the mantle of excellence in being innovative and service-minded leaders in higher education. It is my honor to serve as president of this one EXCEPTIONAL UNIVERSITY! 

In the spirit of the Easter season, let us reflect on the sacrifices that we have made. Let us face the rising sun together with expectancy of the new beginnings that are to come, and let us be kind, understanding, and caring to one another. And finally, let us realize that our endurance and sacrifices have made us stronger and better prepared for the new beginnings that are yet to come. 

Yours in Service, 

George T.