March 21, 2003

Dear Tulane Community:

As you know, Tulane University student Jeremy Houk has been missing since Feb. 28. Today at 11 a.m. we will hold a press conference at the Tulane University Public Safety Office in which Jeremy's parents will offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the location and return of Jeremy.

Our students are crucial members of the Tulane University community. They are family and we care for them in that manner. Since we first learned of Jeremy's disappearance I, or a member of my administration, have been in daily phone contact with Jeremy's family. We have, of course, worked with our Public Safety Office, the New Orleans Police Department, the U.S. Marshals and private investigators in pursuing every possible lead that might bring us to Jeremy. We have also worked with local and national media to publicize information on Jeremy's disappearance.

As a father myself, and university president, I can only imagine the agony that Jeremy's family is experiencing during this time of terrible uncertainty. Nothing short of finding Jeremy will alleviate this trauma. Please keep Jeremy and his family in your hearts and prayers.

If anyone has any information regarding Jeremy's whereabouts, I urge you to please contact Tulane's Department of Public Safety at (504) 865-5381 or, toll-free,1-866-865-5381 or the New Orleans Police Department at (504) 821-2222. A picture and description of Jeremy is available at


Office of the President Emeritus, 1555 Poydras St, Suite 700, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-274-3638