Strategic Planning Group to take up its charge

As President Sidney Ribeau announced in his recent State of the University address, BGSU will soon begin work on crafting a plan to guide it over the next 10 years. See

To lead the effort, Ribeau has named a Strategic Planning Group, made up of individuals selected for their “professionalism and ability to take a university-wide perspective,” he said. Co-chairing the team are Dr. William Mathis, music performance studies, and Mel Hudson-Nowak, director of internal auditing and advisory services.

The president said the group will likely be meeting weekly, and that a draft document will be completed by April 30.

Team members
of Arts and Sciences: Drs. Louis Katzner, philosophy; Andrew Layden, physics and astronomy; Wendy Manning, sociology; Paul Moore, biology and Honors Program director, and Michael Ogawa, chemistry chair.
College of Business Administration: Susan Petroshius, marketing
College of Education and Human Development: Dr. Rosalind Hammond, interim dean
College of Health and Human Services and Faculty Senate: Dr. Nancy Orel, gerontology
College of Musical Arts: Dr. William Mathis (co-chair), music performance studies
BGSU Firelands: Dr. Tim Jurkovac, criminal justice
Office of the Executive Vice President: Linda Rich, University Libraries
Student Affairs: Michael Griffel, Residence Life director, and Richard Sipp, Student Health Service
President's Office: Andrew Rivers, President’s Leadership Academy director; Donald Bell, special consultant, and Peter Kuebeck, support
Institutional Research: Dr. William Knight, director
Finance and Administration-Internal Auditing and Advisory Services/Administrative staff: Mel Hudson-Nowak (co-chair)
Administrative staff: Kevin Work, Instructional Media Services
Classified staff: Dee Dee Wentland, history
University Advancement: Kimberly McBroom, Marketing and Communications director
Graduate Student Senate: Jeannie Sabaroff
Undergraduate Student Government: Jarell Potts

Charge to the group
In his charge to this “Change Team,” Ribeau said its purpose is to “guide the process of developing a realistic, desirable and achievable plan to shape BGSU’s directions and operations over the next 10 years.” While this strategic plan will continue to evolve in response to changing conditions, at the time the plan is approved it will encompass the roadmap for the major dimensions along which the University will purposefully move. The plan is not intended to describe all key decisions nor operational detail; it will be up to the operating units of the University to use and interpret the elements of the plan in keeping with their local conditions.

The strategic plan will be implemented in a phased process that will extend over several years, Ribeau said.

While year by year there may be different areas of emphasis or priority, until the plan is replaced it will serve as the touchstone for:

  • Evaluating priorities, such as determining which programs and activities will be supported.
  • Guiding the allocation of resources.
  • Shaping continuous improvement, directing targeted innovation and assessing performance, including the assessment of institutional progress.
  • Providing a practical basis for determining and demonstrating accountability.
  • Proactively responding to BGSU’s “customers” by anticipating needs and preferences and using these to shape the student, faculty and staff experiencesto exceed expectations.
  • Recommending organizational alignments.

Planning will be done in awareness of the newly forming University System of Ohio and of other external demands, but it is targeted to BGSU, the president added. The goal is sharpened focus on accomplishing the University’s longstanding mission, particularly student mastery of the University Learning Outcomes.

The campus will be kept informed to enable campus community members to track the planning process and make meaningful contributions.

In addition to the Strategic Planning Group, which will do most of the review of detailed planning materials, analysis, synthesis and drafting of the plan, a second group, or “Leadership Team,” will also contribute. It consists of the president, trustees and Cabinet, plus any other individuals who may be designated by the president. The Leadership Team will have the responsibility to implement the strategic plan through the normal organizational structure, providing input on feasibility, transitions, operations and accountability.

The Change Team and the Leadership Team will be in continuous dialogue throughout the planning process, Ribeau said.

February 11, 2008