Our university-wide strategic planning process is underway. Our last strategic plan, "A Liberal Arts Education for the 21st Century," began in 2007 and guided the university for nearly a decade. Now we are prepared to envision a new plan that will articulate Washington and Lee's priorities and aspirations for the years to come.
Marc Conner, our provost, and Sidney Evans, our vice president for student affairs, are co-chairing this effort. They lead a steering committee of faculty, staff, students and trustees:
- Marc Conner and Sidney Evans (Co-Chairs)
- Johanna Bond (Law)
- Mary Choksi (Board of Trustees)
- Hayden Combs '18
- Tamara Futrell (Student Affairs)
- Joseph Guse (Economics)
- Mary Main (Human Resources)
- Alexus McGriff '18
- Karla Murdock (Psychology)
- Craig Owens '76 (Board of Trustees)
- David Saacke (Information Technology Services)
- Jessica Willett '95 (Communications and Public Affairs)
The steering committee will work closely with and guide seven task forces, each of which also includes faculty, staff, students and trustees. These task forces will articulate the key priorities in their own areas, while also coordinating with each other to understand and align their priorities across the task forces. They will also think about and engage many key themes, such as accessibility and affordability, diversity, interdisciplinary and international education, and sustainability, which affect the university as a whole. The task forces and their chairs:
- Admissions and Financial Aid (Sally Stone Richmond, chair)
- Athletics (Jan Hathorn, chair)
- The College (Suzanne Keen, chair)
- The Law School (Brant Hellwig, chair)
- Resources (Dennis Cross and Steve McAllister, co-chairs)
- Student Life (John Jensen '01, chair)
- The Williams School (Rob Straughan, chair)
Our aim is a broad and inclusive process that will invite contributions and perspectives from every part of our community.
In the coming weeks, we'll let you know about public forums and open calls for everyone to share ideas about W&L's future priorities and directions. We have also established an email address, email@example.com, to gather your feedback, and will soon unveil a website to keep the campus community apprised of progress and opportunities to be involved.
This process will lead us to a clear articulation of what we value most at W&L, both what we have been and what we intend to become. I look forward to working with all of you on this important project.