Pres. Byerly announces new strategic direction for the College. Twitter
President Alison Byerly sent out the following message to the Lafayette community this afternoon:
I write to announce to the entire community—students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, parents, and friends—an exciting new direction for Lafayette.
This direction represents a shared conviction on the part of the administration, the faculty, and the Board of Trustees that Lafayette College is defined by our people and that investing in the quality of our people and the vibrancy of our educational community is the best way to ensure our strength and success in the future.
Specifically, we will:
These initiatives are the product of extensive study and discussion undertaken by three Presidential Working Groups, composed of faculty, administrators, and trustees who were appointed last fall. Their thoughtful reports, submitted in November, were considered by several elected faculty committees and then by the faculty as a whole, who voted in early February to support the overall strategic direction defined by the reports and outlined above.
Last weekend, the Board of Trustees held a special retreat to discuss the recommendations. They subsequently passed, unanimously, a resolution that supports the overall direction and these major initiatives, which strengthen Lafayette’s competitive position in the areas that are key differentiators for selective liberal arts colleges. The resolution affirms that “the Board is committed to this transformative direction for the College and looks forward to working collaboratively with the administration and faculty to meet these ambitious goals.”
We believe that the interrelated elements of this plan will combine to catalyze greater change than any single element would accomplish individually and that our vision can transform Lafayette into the college we aspire to be. The goals we have outlined here are ambitious, but they are critical, and the plan we have put forward will bring us additional resources through enrollment growth, strategic management, and focused fundraising as part of our Live Connected, Lead Change capital campaign.
I am deeply grateful to the entire community—faculty, staff, students, and trustees—for the hard work that has brought us to this place and for the shared ambition that will launch us into the next phase of our journey. I look forward to working with you in the coming years to make Lafayette College even stronger than it is today.