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UW Strategic Planning Kickoff Features LSU President Sept. 23

September 8, 2016
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F. King Alexander

The University of Wyoming will launch the process to create a five-year strategic plan with a kickoff event Friday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

The event will include a keynote address by special guest F. King Alexander, president of Louisiana State University.

The public is invited, and UW faculty and staff members will be granted release time to attend. The scheduling of release time should be a collaborative discussion between employee and supervisor to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the unit.

“Creating an integrated, comprehensive strategic plan is so important for the university’s future, and we’re grateful that President Alexander will be here to help launch the process,” UW President Laurie Nichols says. “Participation from the entire campus community and people around the state is essential to create a strong road map for the next five years, and this event will set the stage for folks to be involved.”

Alexander, brother of UW College of Law Dean Klint Alexander, has been LSU’s president since 2013. Before that, he was president of California State University-Long Beach (2005-2013) and president of Murray State University in Kentucky (2001-05).

A Kentucky native who grew up in north Florida, Alexander received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in higher education administration with a focus on finance and educational policy analysis, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England, in comparative educational studies.

President Alexander also will meet with various UW administrative groups, including the Strategic Planning Leadership Council, throughout the day.

The leadership council will be appointed by Nichols, following consultation with campus constituency groups, to provide overarching leadership for development of an integrated, comprehensive strategic plan to guide the university for the next five years. The president is accepting nominations for people to serve on the council through Friday, Sept. 9. Those wishing to submit names for the president’s consideration are asked to do so by emailing

The council will be chaired by UW Provost Kate Miller, with voting members as follows: two deans, one director, one department head, four faculty members, one athletics representative, one undergraduate student, one graduate student, two staff members, one trustee, one UW Foundation Board member and one UW Alumni Association Board member.

Ex-officio members of the Strategic Planning Leadership Council are Vice President of Institutional Advancement Ben Blalock, UW Alumni Association Executive Director Keener Fry, Vice President for Research and Economic Development Bill Gern, Vice President for Administration Bill Mai, Vice President for Student Affairs Sara Axelson, Athletics Director Tom Burman, Vice President for Information Technology Robert Aylward and Vice President for Governmental and Community Affairs Chris Boswell.

Following an extensive series of campuswide and statewide discussions, the leadership council is scheduled to begin drafting the strategic plan in January, with presentation of a draft to the campus community and stakeholders in March. The revised plan then will be presented at a town-hall meeting for consideration by the governing bodies of Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and the Associated Students of UW.

Following approval by the Board of Trustees, the plan will be implemented at the start of the 2017-18 fiscal year, with college and unit plans finalized in fall 2017.

A website,, has been established to inform the campus community and the public throughout the strategic planning process.

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