Strategic Plan: Building Our Brighter Future

Student Center Interior Mural
Photo: Phil Dembinski '08

Building our Brighter Future is designed to refresh the curriculum, strengthen student support structures, expand student engagement with alumni and creative industry networks, enhance institutional community engagement efforts, and cultivate a supportive and collaborative workplace environment, while also preserving the college’s long-term financial health and operational efficacy.

The plan was developed by a 32-member Strategic Planning Steering Committee, co-chaired by Senior Vice President and Provost Marcella David and Professor Carmelo Esterrich, with faculty, staff, student, and trustee representation.

Read the Strategic Plan

Campus Presentation

Faculty, staff, and students will hear from key members of institutional leadership who are charged with implementing aspects of the plan and how certain key initiatives will take shape in our first year.

We encourage you to join us in person with an opportunity for an audience discussion.

November 16, 2022
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Student Center, 5th floor
754 S. Wabash Ave.


Strategic Planning Process Overview

Four Goals for Our Strong Future 
Four Strategic Themes to Reach Our Goals  
Subcommittee Chairs
Thematic Subcommittees  Co-Chairs  
Creatives’ Curriculum (undergraduate)  Eric Freedman, Dean, School of Media Arts

Niki Nolin, Associate Professor - Art and Art History 
Creatives’ Curriculum (graduate)  Suzanne McBride, Dean, Graduate Studies  
Jessica Meharry, Associate Professor - Business and Entrepreneurship, Faculty Representative to the Board  
Student Growth and Student Success  Brian Marth, Associate Provost - Academic Services  
Rosita Sands, Dean, School of Fine and Performing Arts
Fostering Sustainable Engagement  Peter Fitzpatrick, Special Advisor Community Engagement - Provost's Office 
Erik Friedman, Associate Dean, Career Development and Industry Relations  
Rocky Monroe, Associate Professor of Dance, Co-Director - Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Building a Supportive Operational Context 
Nathan Bakkum, Sr. Associate Provost, Associate Professor - Music History 
Steve Corey, Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences