Dear Faculty and Staff:
With the holidays and end of the semester quickly approaching, I am pleased to share with you updates on important planning initiatives currently underway at Villanova – the Strategic Plan and the Campus Master Plan. It is important to note that the continued turbulence in the economy could impact how the University is able to implement elements of these plans. However, it is just as important that we continue to plan for Villanova’s future and work to find ways, where prudent, to put aspects of these initiatives into action.
The Strategic Plan
As I have mentioned in previous messages, Villanova has embarked upon a process to develop a new Strategic Plan to guide the University over the next 10 years. This planning effort began in April 2008 and will continue well into 2009.
In October, I had the opportunity to meet with many of you to talk about the strategic planning process at forum discussions for faculty and staff. I shared with you a presentation that outlines what we have learned and accomplished to date as well as how we plan to move forward. Your participation in this process is important, and I appreciate your attendance and feedback at these forum discussions.
For your reference, I am providing a link to an overview of the presentation, which includes highlights of our findings as well as proposed goals as we move forward.
The Campus Master Plan
At its October meeting, the Board of Trustees reviewed final recommendations for the Campus Master Plan. The Campus Master Plan is aligned with the Strategic Plan and is intended to serve as a roadmap for improvement of the campus over the next several decades.
I have scheduled two “town hall” discussions for faculty, staff and students where I will review these recommendations and share next steps which include reaching out to our neighbors, nearby residents, and Radnor Township. The “town hall” discussions will take place Thursday, December 4th, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 10th from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both discussions will be held in the Connelly Center Cinema. More information about the plan, including previous reports, can be found on the Campus Master Plan Website. The final recommendations will be posted after the discussions take place.
I will continue to keep you posted on both of these important initiatives and I look forward to your continued participation and support.
Thanksgiving is next week and I wish each of you a happy and healthy holiday. As we prepare to gather together with family and friends to give thanks for our many blessings, let us remember those who are less fortunate, who have been affected by our uncertain economy, and who are in harm’s way. May we share with them the spirit that unites the Villanova community.
Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., President