A 36-member commission charged with developing a new strategic plan for Western Carolina University is on a tight timeline: Chancellor David Belcher wants the guiding document in the board of trustees’ hands next June.
The commission, a mix of university employees, local business leaders and prominent figures in the community, held its first meeting last week. Belcher described the commission as “a unique gathering of people.” He noted the university’s last strategic plan was implemented in 2008. Belcher urged the group to focus closely on “what we are going to do; what we’re not going to do.”
“This is big picture stuff,” Belcher said. “(The plan) should be ambitious, but achievable.”
Belcher has been holding meetings with different WCU communities to ask for views about the university's strengths, weaknesses and proper direction. He had indicated an openness to new ideas and directions.Read the full article