Carnegie Mellon University
April 16, 2013

News Brief: Message from President Jared L. Cohon

Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon sent the following message to the university community today following the tragic events in Boston and at the Iran/Pakistan border.

Dear Members of the Carnegie Mellon Community:

In the wake of the horrific and senseless bombings at the Boston Marathon yesterday, I’m writing to ask you to join me in sending your thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, and to all in the Carnegie Mellon community who may have been affected.

We are reaching out to our extended Carnegie Mellon family, including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, colleagues and friends in the Boston area, to see if they have been directly or indirectly impacted and if we may be able to help in any way possible.

In addition to Boston, we also are in contact with our CMU family in the Middle East and Asia after today’s fatal 7.8 magnitude earthquake at the Iran/Pakistan border. The BBC reports that tremors were felt across India and the Middle East, including Doha, Qatar.  Fortunately, we have heard from our campus in Education City that no one was injured.

Unfortunately, events like these give us a shocking reminder of the evil and natural disasters that exist in the world, but they also reflect the caring, compassion and heroism of individuals that rise up to assist in times of terror.

Please let us know if you have been affected by these tragedies by contacting us. In Carnegie Mellon Qatar, contact the Personal Development and Counseling Services Office at In Pittsburgh, contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 412-268-2075 or Counseling and Psychological Services at 412-268-2922. We are here to help.

My heart is with those who are grieving in Boston and around the world. I know yours is, too.


Jared L. Cohon, President
Carnegie Mellon University