Strategic plan progressing smoothly; input sought

The process to develop a new strategic plan for Hampden-Sydney College is underway.  It is anticipated that a new plan will be submitted for approval by the College's Board of Trustees by November 2011.

The strategic plan steering committee is co-chaired by Thomas N. Allen '60, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and President Christopher B. Howard.  Other members of the committee include additional Trustees, faculty members, other College officers, a member of the Parents Council, and the President of the Student Government.

The steering committee and task groups associated with it will consider a number of strategic areas including enrollment level (admissions and retention), the environment for character and leadership development, and the nature of the liberal learning in the 21st century, among others. We will solicit your thoughts and ideas as the process unfolds, through The Record, the web site, and others means to keep you up-to-date.

This effort is being underwritten by a $55,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. "We are grateful for the Mellon Foundation's vital assistance in this endeavor," observed Dr. Howard. "The grant has allowed us to engage in discussions of key issues and to be well underway on the plan's development in the coming semester."