During his first official week as Trinity’s president, David S. Dockery brought his first major report to the Board of Regents during their meetings on June 5–6. In that address, he shared his understanding of the president’s role and the role of the Board, and talked through the initial phases of a new vision for the University moving forward. The goal for this discussion was for the Board to affirm and bless Dockery’s vision for Trinity so that the work of developing a new strategic plan can begin.
“We trust this plan will have some connection and continuity with the plan that was presented in 2012,” Dockery said. “Though it will be a rather different plan, one that I expect to be bold and far-reaching, one that only the Lord can help us accomplish.”
Inspired by William Carey‘s challenge—”Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God”—Dockery expressed his desire to “take the lead, initiate ideas and plans, articulate a compelling vision with a clarity to develop shared vision, shared goals, and a shared future.” This led into a further unpacking of the importance of having a vision, the role a strategic plan has in the enacting of that vision, identifying effective planning processes that serve the vision in the University’s day-to-day operations, and, the first step in all of this, thinking creatively and strategically about how to frame a plan for Trinity’s preferred future.
The dreams for Trinity that followed in his board presentation ranged across eight large sectors of the University: strategic initiatives; institutional identity and mission; the role of the Board of Regents; administration and operations; academics; student life; advancement and university relations; and facilities. Several of the highlights include:
- Prioritizing enrollment, retention, and support services.
- Creatively, consistently, and coherently communicating the Trinity story.
- Exploring a new, clear vision for Trinity’s future—one that can be embraced by all.
- Establishing and articulating with clarity the identity of Trinity International University.
- Investing in institutional research, which will help guide decision making in a way that is primarily, though not entirely, data driven.
- Strengthening the administration through mission-focused and collaborative leadership, looking to ensure effective and efficient oversight of the University.
- Conceptualizing Trinity’s academics afresh so as to better reflect the reality of what it means to be a comprehensive university.
- Exploring dual appointments for some faculty across the University.
- Looking at the possibilities for developing new academic programs and centers of focus.
- Strengthening student life programs.
- Beginning the work to plan a large and major comprehensive capital campaign.
- Deepening and expanding the work with alumni.
- Exploring opportunities to improve the quality of facilities and enhancing the look and function of the Deerfield campus for the good of the students, staff, and faculty.
These are just a handful of the forward-looking ideas for Trinity that President Dockery outlined during the board meetings this week, and hopefully provide a small taste of the sorts of things that he will begin speaking about across the many aspects of the Trinity International University community.
Please join us in prayer for Trinity’s students, faculty, staff, board, and administration as we all seek to advance the mission of the University to “educate men and women to engage in God’s redemptive work in the world by cultivating academic excellence, Christian faithfulness, and lifelong learning.”
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