I. Strategic Planning Commission Structure

The commission, under the leadership of Provost Doug Fiore and Chief of Staff Laure Christensen will include faculty, staff, students, alumni and former trustees to ensure broad representation. A smaller subset of the commission will join Doug and Laure as a steering committee to guide the planning efforts.  The steering committee will include two faculty members and two staff members closely tied to academics, operations and student services. Members of the commission will serve as conduits to their constituent groups, providing them with updates on the commission’s activities, vetting questions, ideas, etc. Commission members may also be called upon to participate in a more formal capacity such as leading focus groups providing updates during Town Hall Meetings.

The charge of the commission will be to develop and recommend a five to seven year plan to the executive leadership team, which will, in turn, be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.  Each stage of the process will be vetted by the University community via the University website, focus groups, Town Hall Meetings, and regular faculty, staff and student committee and organization meetings.

The Commission structure is outlined in the tables below.

Steering Committee

Name Area Representative
Douglas Fiore Chair
Laure Christensen Co-Chair
Greg Claycomb Full-Time Faculty Member
Virgil (Rusty) Norris Adjunct Faculty Member
Kena Wolf Campus Centers
Jayme Uden Student Life

Commission Members (in addition to Steering Committee)

Name Area Representative
Jennifer Ehrlich Campus Center
Cutrina Catlin Human Resources
Kevin Martineau Facilities Services
David Chesher ITS
Michelle Myers Deans
Claude English Athletics
Amber Daily-Herbert Faculty Senate
Kay Boehr Faculty Federation
Fiorella Penaloza Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Kelli Clevenger Staff Advisory Council
Dorla Watkins Trustee Society
Toni Madeira Alumni Association
Armando Moran Undergraduate Student
Kalli Cheffey Graduate Student

II. Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) Integrated Planning Model

Strategic, integrated planning is necessary to fortify Park’s planning agenda. It moves everyone in the same direction—towards the achievement of our ultimate vision and mission. The SCUP Integrated Planning Model is a strategic planning process tailored for the complexities and challenges of higher education institutions—in a hands-on, collaborative environment. Using the SCUP Integrated Planning Model, we will develop an accurate picture of our external environment, ask hard but necessary questions, and build actionable plans. As a result, we will do more than implement a strategic plan.

We’ll foster a campus-wide planning culture, which will make strategic, integrated planning the new normal at Park University, which is mandated by the University’s accrediting agency, The Higher Learning Commission.


Activity Timeframe
Assemble Commission September 2016
Announce Strategic Planning Process to Board of Trustees October 7, 2016
Distribute Strategic Planning Pre-reads to Commission Members and Homework for Training Session October 17-21
 University Town Hall Meeting October 24
Training Session for Commission Members with SCUP Certified Trainer October 27
11:00-4:30 p.m.
Louise Morden Boardroom
Mission and Vision Statements October 27-November 4
  October 31
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Louise Morden Boardroom
  November 4
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Vining Room
Vetting of Mission and Vision Statements to University Community November 7-23
Vetting of Mission and Vision Statements to Board Committees November 7-23
SWOT Analysis November 7-November 23
  November 14
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Louise Morden Boardroom
  November 21
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Louise Morden Boardroom
Review Feedback on Mission and Vision Statements November 28-December 2
  November 28
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Louise Morden Boardroom
Mission and Vision Statements to Executive Staff December 8, 2016
 Vetting of SWOT Analysis with University Community November 28-December16
Review of Feedback on SWOT Analysis December 19-30
SWOT Analysis to Executive Staff January 5
Identify Strategic Priorities January 4-27
Present Mission, Vision and SWOT to Board of Trustees January 27
Vetting of Strategic Priorities with University Community February 1-17
Vetting of  Strategic Priorities with Board Committees February 1-17
Identify Goals, Measurements and Strategies February 20-March 10
Review Feedback on Strategic Priorities February 20-28
University Town Hall Meeting February 27
Strategic Priorities to Executive Staff March 2
Vetting of Goals, Measurements and Strategies with University Community March 20-April 7
Vetting of Goals, Measurements and Strategies with Board Committees March 20-April 7
Review Feedback on Goals, Measurements and Strategies April 10-21
Goals, Measurements and Strategies to Executive Staff April 27
Present Strategic Plan to Board of Trustees May 19