Letter from the President
I would like to take this opportunity to update you on a project which has been initiated and which will benefit from full participation of our sponsoring Congregation, the Board of Trustees, all members of the campus community, alumni, and external stakeholders.
You may recall that in 2016 we developed and published our current strategic plan, Family: A Value for Life – Strategic Plan 2016-2020. With the conclusion of that plan approaching we need to take stock of what we have accomplished and continue to look to our future - who we are and what we would like to be and become, while sustaining our Mission of serving families.
To this end, we have begun the process of developing our next strategic plan. To date our work has resulted in identification of a Strategic Planning Steering Committee, articulation of a charge for the work of this Committee, and development of a timeline for the completion of its work.
To better inform you of these preparations and keep you apprised of all aspects of the tasks being undertaken, we have established this webpage. I hope that you will stay involved and be proactive partners in our effort to vision our future.
The final planning document will be presented to the University’s Board of Trustees in October 2020. Its foundation will be an aspirational vision that closely aligns the university’s mission with its long-range, strategic opportunities - particularly in the areas of student, academic, facility, and financial needs. It will establish 4 to 6 high level priorities and related key initiatives which will serve as the foundation for the implementation of the plan, as well as identifying the focus of responsibility for executing these initiatives.
As we move forward, look for regular updates to the campus community about this important endeavor.
Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD
President, Holy Family University
Lifelong Responsibilities Towards God, Society, and Self.
Holy Family University, a ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, offers education in the liberal arts and professions through graduate, undergraduate, and non-degree programs. As a Catholic University, Holy Family seeks direction and inspiration from the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, affirms the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and witnesses to the dignity of each person and the oneness of the human family. Holy Family University educates students to assume lifelong responsibilities towards God, society, and self.
Strategic Planning Steering Committee Charge
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) is charged with working throughout the 2019-20 academic year to develop the strategic plan which will guide and inform the University’s decision-making for the next three to five years.
In its work, the SPSC will be guided by the Mission of the University as it responds to the challenges confronting higher education at all levels – nationally, regionally, and locally. The process for identifying priorities should be inclusive and transparent, engaging both internal and external stakeholders in dialogue and research. Special attention should be given to establishing and maintaining an evidence-based approach in drawing conclusions and making recommendations.
The final planning document will be presented to the University’s Board in May 2020. Its foundation will be an aspirational vision that closely aligns the University’s Mission with its long-range, strategic opportunities - particularly in the areas of student, academic, facility, and financial needs. It will establish 4 to 6 high-level priorities and related key initiatives which will serve as the foundation for the implementation of the plan, as well as identifying the focus of responsibility for executing these initiatives.
The work of the Committee will be facilitated by consultants from MPK&D and it is expected that regular progress reports will be provided to the President throughout the planning process. Similarly, regular updates will be communicated to the campus community. The SPSC may, as it sees fit, invite additional members of our community to participate in the work of the Committee on an ad hoc or project-specific basis.
Strategic Planning Timeline