September 4, 2015

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

Yesterday, I announced that we will launch a year of planning in order to identify our goals and priorities for the next five to 10 years. The process will engage the whole community: staff, faculty, students, trustees, alumni, parents and friends of the College. It is one of the most ambitious projects we will undertake this year.

To guide this work, we will be forming a broadly representative strategic planning committee, including faculty, students, staff, and senior management. I am writing to seek your thoughts about potential committee members. Those selected to serve will have a deep commitment to the College and its values, acknowledged respect of their peers, an ability to work collaboratively, and a willingness to serve as ambassadors for the planning process, engaging members of the College community through questions and open dialogue.

Nominations and self-nominations should be sent to no later than Monday, Sept. 21. The Staff Council, the Faculty Steering and Conference Committee, and the Student Government Association will work together and in consultation with me to identify the membership. You will be hearing from them next week with more information.

Details about the strategic planning process and timeline, including a charge to the planning committee, can be found on the strategic planning website. The website will be updated regularly to keep the campus informed throughout the year.

I look forward to your participation in this vital project for our future.

Katherine Bergeron