President’s Annual Conference to Focus on 2010 Plan

Posted: August 17, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Discussion and development of George Mason University’s Plan for 2010 will dominate the agenda at this year’s President’s Council/Board of Visitors (BOV) Planning Conference, set for August 18-19 at the Airlie House in Warrenton, Va.

Enrollment projections for the remainder of the decade and a review of the highlights of each academic unit’s proposed 2010 plan will be among the specific topics of discussion, says Tom Hennessey, President Alan Merten’s chief of staff. “The 2010 plan is a significant attempt by the university to properly plan for our future growth and to prepare ourselves for challenges that await us,” he says.

Earlier this year, the deans and heads of each of the university’s administrative units were asked to draft proposed 2010 plans for their individual areas. Each of the proposed academic plans is currently posted on the Office of the Provost’s web site. The major administrative units, including Information Technology, University Life, University Relations, and Budget, will be presenting their 2010 plans to support the academic units.

According to Hennessey, the discussions scheduled at the upcoming conference represent the next step in a comprehensive effort to ultimately create a finalized 2010 plan that will serve as a compass for Mason over the next six years.

One of the primary purposes of this conference, Hennessey notes, is to include members of the BOV in this discussion. Within the next six months, he adds, President Merten and the administration will formally present the 2010 plan to the BOV for approval. “By including the Board of Visitors in this process now, we are in a better position of ultimately creating a plan that has the full understanding and support of all major entities of the university community.”

As part of this effort, an opportunity for other members of the campus community, including faculty and staff, to have input into the 2010 plan will soon be announced.

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