Webster University Launches New Strategic Plan, ‘Global Impact for the Next Century’

| April 29, 2015

Webster University Board of Trustees endorsed the University’s new strategic plan, Global Impact for the Next Century, at its April meeting. The new plan emphasizes a strong commitment to maximizing Webster’s academic and operational assets and firmly establishes Webster’s reputation as a global university.

See the new strategic plan website: www.webster.edu/globalimpact

“With an appreciation for the accomplishments of Webster’s first century and enthusiasm for our future, members of the Webster University community have created a plan for global impact. We will integrate the university’s academics and operations in innovative and inclusive ways for the benefit of our students and the worldwide communities they call home,” said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Webster University’s president.

“As a strong, truly international university, Webster will provide uniquely global experiences, which prepare students to lead in their local communities and around the world,” added Julian Schuster, Webster’s provost, chief operating officer and senior vice president.

The plan calls for Webster University to achieve global impact via four globally-focused themes that will become the University’s balanced scorecard. To ensure actionable results, four Webster University leaders have been appointed to spearhead the dynamic teams charged with implementing the plan initiatives.

  • Global innovation through inclusive leadership: Theme lead, Nancy Hellerud, vice provost
  • A global student-centered experience: Theme lead, Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications
  • A network of academic and operational excellence: Theme lead, Greg Gunderson, vice president and chief financial officer
  • Strategic and sustainable development: Theme lead, Robert Parrent, interim chief enrollment officer.

Nancy Hellerud, vice provost, chaired the Strategic Planning process, which began in fall 2013. “We are looking to the future in an action-oriented way,” she said. “Now that the plan has been endorsed by Webster’s Board of Trustees, we are moving full-speed ahead. The balanced scorecard is in progress and will be ready for viewing by fall. Together we will be able to track our progress based on data. Implementations of some initiatives are either in progress or they will start this summer.”

Roadmap Created through Global Collaboration

“This is an exciting and historic time for Webster University,” Stroble said. “As we celebrate our Centennial, we understand the creation of the new strategic plan is a defining moment as a University community. Our plan builds upon 100 years of bold ideas, reinvention and resiliency. Webster’s future is bright.”

“I’d like to thank the Strategic Planning Steering Committee Members and the hundreds of faculty, staff and students who provided input into the plan,” she said. “It’s more than a plan – it’s a roadmap for Webster’s future.”

Watch the planning video here to see the University’s broad participation in the planning process.

Strategic Planning Steering Committee Members

  • Julian Schuster (ex-officio), Provost, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
  • Brig. Gen. Michael Callan (ret., USAF), Associate Vice President for Military & Government Programs
  • Eileen Condon, Senior Associate Dean, University Library
  • John Costello, Director, Creative Services
  • Brenda Fyfe, Dean, School of Education
  • Vivian Gallman-DeRienzo, Director, Charleston Metropolitan Campus
  • Ted Hoef, Associate Vice President & Dean of Students
  • Jean Paul van Marissing, Director, Webster University Leiden
  • Margie Muthukumaru, Director, Enterprise Information Systems
  • Teri Portman, Manager, Online Learning Center
  • Debbie Psihountas, Director of MBA program; Professor, Finance, George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology
  • Nicole Roach, Associate Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Warren Rosenblum, Associate Professor, History, Politics & International Relations, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Eric Rothenbuhler, Dean, School of Communications
  • Martha Smith, Associate Professor, Math/Computer Science, George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology
  • Julie Weismann (ex-officio), Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Much of the strategic planning was informed by foundational work launched by President Stroble and Provost Schuster in 2010. They supported initiatives already underway such as the Global Citizenship Program and launched a number of initiatives that engaged the entire University community. Initiatives included but are not limited to the Working Groups, ACE Internationalization Laboratory, Campus Master Planning, Academic Program Review and Prioritization, Site Review and the Global Leadership Academy.

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