In some of my earliest remarks to the Lewis & Clark community I noted that what drew me to the College were the people—faculty, staff, students, administrators, trustees, and alumni—and my experience has more than confirmed my view that assembled here is a truly extraordinary community dedicated to the enterprise of higher education. What I suspected was the case is indeed so: we are poised to become one of the best and most highly regarded institutions of higher learning in the nation.
After months of preparation for that moment, just under a year ago I announced the beginning of a strategic planning process for Lewis & Clark that is intended to help us achieve that goal. In the twelve months since that announcement more than 70 faculty, staff, and students have devoted countless hours to preparing a plan that can serve as the basis for our actions going forward. Many more members of the Lewis & Clark community contributed ideas and suggestions. This collaborative work has resulted in our new planning document, “The Journey Forward: A Lewis & Clark Strategic Plan for 2020” (PDF). The Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the plan on October 26, 2012.
We formally celebrated the plan’s adoption and launched the implementation phase of the process at a well-attended community-wide event on January 29, 2013. Thanks to all of you who attended and made the event such a big success.
I close by thanking all of you who have already contributed to the planning process and inviting all of you to begin imagining the ways in which you can contribute to achieving the goals “The Journey Forward” sets out for the College in the coming years.
President and Professor
Director of Strategic Initiatives Rob Kugler