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Strategic Planning 2017

Welcome from President Mary J.C. Hendrix

Welcome to Shepherd University’s webpage dedicated to providing timely updates on our strategic planning process. As the current strategic plan, Currents: Navigating with Purpose 2014-2017, comes to a close, work on the new strategic plan has already begun. We are in an era of historic change in higher education and with that change comes unparalleled opportunities. Our number one goal is to attain financial stability to provide a world-class liberal arts education for the next generation of professional leaders and model citizens, and to serve as an educational resource for the community.

My charge to the Strategic Planning Committee is to create a five-year strategic plan that will inform campus decision-making and fundraising priorities, resulting in a strong financial position. The plan will also serve as a strategic roadmap with implementation guidelines. Throughout the fall 2017 semester, there will be opportunities for campus and community stakeholders to provide feedback as the planning process moves forward. I encourage all of you to think strategically with an emphasis on solutions and engage in the process when the opportunity arises. Thank you for being part of Shepherd and believing in the possibilities that will shape our future. Together, we can address our challenges and maybe have a little fun along the way!

With best wishes and great expectations,
Mary J.C. Hendrix

Moving forward

The Office of the President has charged the Strategic Planning Committee to create a five-year (2018-2023) strategic plan that will inform campus decision-making and fundraising priorities and define strategic priorities resulting in a strong financial position. The plan will also serve as a strategic roadmap with implementation guidelines.

The Process

The strategic planning committee will serve as a forward-thinking, solutions oriented group charged with developing and delivering a draft strategic plan to the Office of the President. The committee began meeting in November 2016, focusing on wrapping-up the former strategic plan and starting work on the new plan. The committee and work will resume in September 2017.

Milestones and Deliverables

Milestone Delivery
Strategic Priorities Draft September
Campus Community Feedback Survey #1 September/October
Strategic Plan Draft #1 October
Campus Community Feedback Survey #2 November
Strategic Plan Draft #2 November
Draft Plan delivered to President December

Committee Membership

Evora Baker Stacey Kendig Colleen Nolan
Scott Beard Mona Kissel Laura Renninger
Cara Burker Christopher Lovelace Raymond Smock
Sonya Evanisko Aniqua Lower Bill Sommers, Chair
Tuncer Gocmen Tony Major Richard Stevens
Tim Haines Cecelia Mason Meredith Wait
Brian Hammond Keerthana Mesineni Ralph Wojtowicz

Participation and Engagement

Faculty, staff, and the community are encouraged to engage in the planning process. During the fall semester, the campus community will have an opportunity to share ideas, solutions, and feedback via online surveys and meetings.