Charting Our Future

Be part of Charting Our Future

In her Opening Day address Aug. 22, Interim President Carol Cartwright called for campus participation in the upcoming “Charting Our Future” Week sessions.

In issuing the invitation, Cartwright provided background on the strategic planning process to date. “(The Strategic Planning Group) has completed important background work and built a platform for all of us to use as we create the new plan. And when I say ‘we,’ I mean all of you in the BGSU community.”

Members of the campus community are encouraged to attend at least one of the following sessions, all but one of which will be held in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union:

• Sept. 8, 8:30-11 a.m. or 6:30-9 p.m.
• Sept. 9, 8:30-11 a.m. or 6:30-9 p.m. A session will also be held from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center at BGSU Firelands.
• Sept. 10, 1:30-4 p.m.
• Sept. 11, 1:30-4 p.m.
• Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In the meantime, “Nine Days of Data” on different topics are being sent by email and will better prepare everyone for the collaborative dialogues. The sessions themselves will include a series of interactive discussions on the landscape we face and enhancements to BGSU’s vision, mission, values and overarching goals.

The input received from the sessions will provide important perspective on BGSU’s present and future strategy for success. University leadership will use those ideas, along with consultation with appropriate groups, to set a direction for next steps.

Cartwright also noted on opening day that strategic planning is important during a time of transition because people want to know where we’re going and because it can inform the presidential search process. “Our time is now—not tomorrow, but now,” she said in closing. “We each shape the future through our daily actions. This is our opportunity. Join me to use it wisely.”

For more information, including a “sneak peek” of a collaborative dialogue session, visit the Web site at Questions and comments can also be emailed to, posted to the blog at or directed to co-chairs Mel Hudson-Nowak, at 2-9970, and William Mathis, at 2-8576.

September 2, 2008