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Board of Trustees Approves the Strategic Plan at October Meeting

November 12, 2018

During its meeting on October 25 and 26, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the institutional strategic plan, “Exploring for the Global Good. Drawing on our history and taking into account the present situation, the plan is the culmination of over a year of work. It was a broad-based community effort that included campus forums and survey feedback from hundreds of individuals. Implementation of the plan begins immediately.

On Thursday morning, in a plenary session, the board heard from Brian Zucker, a nationally known expert on enrollment management, who works for HCRC, a firm that provides Lewis & Clark with research and guidance. Later the trustees enjoyed lunch with students at Fields Dining Room and took a walking tour of campus to better understand facilities needs. On Thursday evening, they met at the Cooley House for dinner and to hear from Paul S. Wright Professor of Christian Studies Rob Kugler BA ’79 on the importance of a liberal arts education.

On Friday, the board started the day at the law school campus for committee meetings, then had lunch with law faculty, and took a tour of recent law school capital improvements. At Smith Hall for the main plenary and business session in the afternoon, the board approved a 2019-20 tuition increase of 3.5 percent in the College of Arts and Sciences and a new fee for undergraduates of $37 per semester to better meet the increasing demand for health and counseling services. Tuition for the law school and graduate school will be determined in February. They also approved a tribute to the life of former trustee and board chair Bill Sweet.

New trustee David Mabie BS ’85 was welcomed to his first meeting. He is a partner at Chicago Capital and and a member of the Springboard Foundation, a nonprofit supporting after-school education programs in Chicago.