Dear Laurentian Friends,
This morning, the Board of Trustees maintained their annual mid-December custom of meeting virtually to receive updates on several strategic topics.
The Board was presented and has accepted the final report and recommendations from Experience St. Lawrence: The Task Force on Institutional Structure, Policy, and Planning. It was only last December when I appointed this group, and the University should be proud of what we accomplished in just one year.
This moment in the long history of our University required the approach of “grand strategy,” a need to think boldly about the future and ask what does the St. Lawrence experience look like in 2030? It was essential to put the University on a path to financial sustainability and thrive amidst the challenging higher education landscape.
The trustees share in the excitement of the ideas and in the breadth of the number of faculty and staff who participated by submitting ideas, attending the town halls, responding to surveys, and represented across the planning groups. It was a remarkable effort and a fine example of how shared governance can work well.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the entire task force for the monumental work that they have accomplished. Specifically, we must recognize the co-chairs Professor Ana Estevez and Trustee Lee Bailey ’74, who demonstrated exemplary leadership.
Moving forward, we will continue to refine and evaluate the recommendations. The Task Force will continue to play a role in monitoring the implementation and assessment of their proposals, and the Board will receive updates at each meeting. The University has already implemented some of the recommendations, and others will work through the formal governance process.
As the most unusual semester ends, I wish you Happy Holidays and a restful break. Please know that your questions and comments are always welcome at email@example.com.