Dear UM-Flint Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Although many of you have dispersed for the summer, I wanted to write to congratulate you on a successful year and to share the results of our first phase of strategic planning.

After months of hard work, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee brought a revised version of the high-level strategic priorities to the governing faculty on May 5. With a quorum in attendance, the priorities were adopted. This is a huge accomplishment and I want to extend my thanks and gratitude to all those who shared your ideas as part of this process, to the Steering Committee and especially to Dr. Hiba Wehbe-Alamah.

The priorities you have collectively identified are important, inspiring, and the right set of work to focus our attention and resources for the next several years. They also position us for the work of reaccreditation, which will pick up steam over the next two years as we lead up to site visit of the Higher Learning Commission in 2019.

Provost Knerr and I will work over the next few weeks to outline a process for the next phase of strategic planning, creating implementation groups to plan specific tasks and accountability to achieve our priorities. We expect these groups to consult across campus as they conduct their work. The strategic planning website will continue to serve as an information resource with periodic updates.

I wish you all great success and enjoyment in your summer pursuits!