Memo from the President
April 23, 2019
I am pleased to announce the membership of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC), the task force charged with developing a plan that will guide Oregon Tech to chart a visionary trajectory during the coming years. The membership list follows this letter.
I have invited an inclusive membership representative of our disciplinary and geographic footprint and our constituency base. The committee is made up of 28 people including 8 faculty members; 9 non-represented personnel; 1 representative each from the Board of Trustees, Alumni and Foundation Boards; 2 students; 2 community members and myself. Three of the members will serve in an ex-officio capacity. Sandra Fox will serve as the principal liaison from the University Senior Leadership to SPSC; Di Saunders will facilitate communication to the various stakeholders involved; Farooq Sultan will support with data requests.
I will serve as the Chair of the SPSC, and Dean Tom Keyser will serve as the Co-Chair. We are pleased to have Ginny Lang as our external consultant for the process, and the President’s Office will provide the needed support. The SPSC will rely on institutional reports and data to inform the process and individuals with an understanding of key issues will be invited to provide input to the SPSC. Additionally, the SPSC will be organizing themselves as several working groups that will focus on student success, innovation in support of student learning and development and creative works, community engagement, and visibility, thus inviting larger participation and input across our campuses. Hearing from all of our internal and external constituencies is important in order for us to create a meaningful plan.
Committee members will be responsible for the following: developing the core values of Oregon Tech and finalizing the modifications of the university’s mission statement for President’s recommendation to the Board; developing and supporting objectives and goals of the institutional strategic plan; identifying and engaging stakeholder groups in the development of the plan; providing feedback to groups on a continuing basis throughout the process; and developing a set of strategies and measures that support the plan. Committee members, while selected from various groups, are appointed to the SPSC with the express goal of developing a plan that serves the best interests of our students and the university at large.
We will be launching a strategic planning website to keep everyone updated as the process moves forward. Your engagement in the upcoming process is very important. Please let me thank you in advance for your time and talents in support of this important initiative.
Nagi G. Naganathan, Ph.D., ASME Fellow