Launching the planning phase for Boldly Illinois: Strategic Plan 2030
October 3, 2022 3:36 PM

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I’m excited to announce that our university is launching the planning phase for Boldly Illinois: Strategic Plan 2030, and I invite you to participate in a collaborative and comprehensive process to lay the groundwork for our next leap forward as one of the nation’s top public research universities.

The planning process starts with a Strategic Planning Summit on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Illini Union Ballroom focused on the future of higher education, where two extraordinary leaders of higher education, Freeman Hrabowski and Ruth Watkins, will share their perspectives. Dr. Hrabowski recently retired as the president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Dr. Watkins is currently president of Strata Impact, a national social impact organization that aims to help all students succeed beyond completion of credentials and degrees, a position she took after serving as the president of the University of Utah.   

As most of you probably know, both have special connections to Illinois. Dr. Hrabowski earned his Ph.D. here and Dr. Watkins was long-time faculty member and dean. We thought their unique insights as both higher education leaders and their deep connections to our university made them the perfect people to help us plan boldly for the next phase of our progress. Learn more about our speakers here.

Besides attending the summit, you can also participate in the planning process by:

We cannot accomplish our full potential without planning carefully and strategically, and I sincerely hope you accept this invitation to be an active participant in this process to create our shared vision for the future. Thank you in advance for your participation.


Robert J. Jones

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