semester, Paul and Carolyn sent a notice to the community that we would be
entering into a formal strategic planning process. Our goal is to develop a comprehensive
framework for CBU’s evolution over the next decade. We believe it is critical
to the success of this process that we have meaningful input from all campus
constituencies. To that end, you are invited to participate in a campus-wide
planning workshop designed to gather your thoughts about CBU’s future. Please free your calendars for 2:00 pm on
February 5th, so that you can take part in this sharing
session. I believe that this will be an
energizing kick-off and anticipate 100% turnout.
Cohen, Vice President for Strategic Planning of CREDO, a national higher
education consulting firm dedicated to strategic planning in private colleges,
will facilitate the meeting. Kris has a
rich background in higher education, with a particular expertise in strategic
planning. She knows how to make sessions
like this productive and fun.
received from the planning workshop and a similar one planned for the Trustees
will be given to a Planning Team that I am appointing. I have asked Dr.
James Buchanan Wallace to head this team. It will be charged with the responsibility of
coordinating an institution-wide planning effort during this academic year. They will provide input during the
development of the plan and ongoing accountability during implementation. The Team will present its recommendations to
me in late spring of 2016. With these
recommendations in hand, I will work with the Board of Trustees to finalize the
strategic plan. Once it has final Board
approval, in fall 2016, the document will serve as a roadmap for CBU’s
successful growth over the next decade.
I am aware
that a great deal of planning is ongoing within CBU’s schools and departments. A goal of the Planning Team will be to
assimilate this planning into a single comprehensive strategic plan. Many of you will be asked to serve in varying
capacities during the planning process.
Nothing, however, will be more important than your sincere and
enthusiastic participation in the initial brain storming session February 5th.
If, for some reason, you just cannot attend, please contact Melanie Bremer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-3256 and let her know. Otherwise,
I will plan to see all of you there.
As we develop
more details around the strategic planning process, I will make sure to keep
you informed. At this time, however, I
wanted to make sure that your calendars are free from 2:00 – 4:30 pm on
February 5, 2016. We promise a rewarding
experience centered on CBU’s future success.
John Smarrelli, President