Lee County

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I was devastated to learn of the tornado that hit Lee County and the surrounding area yesterday. At least 23 people were killed in Lee County, including children, and some individuals remain unaccounted for at this time. We are reaching out to our students and those in our community who may have been impacted by the storms to offer them support.

The loss of life, as well as the damage to homes and businesses, has also affected our friends on the Auburn campus, with students and colleagues there experiencing inconceivable loss. We are deeply saddened for those impacted by this terrible tragedy.

Please continue to keep your fellow Alabamians in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with a disaster that we here in Tuscaloosa know all too well. The UA community is caring and compassionate, and we will extend our support during the recovery efforts and beyond.

Stuart R. Bell