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Strategic Planning Council

Charter Guidelines

Purpose Statement:
The purpose of the Strategic Planning Council (SPC) is to facilitate the strategic planning process and serve as the primary body responsible for assessing future directions and trends.

Strategic Planning Council members are appointed by the College President to provide a diverse representation of college departments and employees. There are two categories of membership: Standing Appointments and Non-Standing Appointments, as listed in the attached table. All non-standing appointments serve three-year terms with potential renewal. In addition to the representatives indicated, at-large appointments may be made for each of the three-year terms. Special short-term appointments to the committee may also be made to accomplish specific tasks.

Student Affair - Jennifer DeWeerth (VPSA Appt, 2020)
Exec. Director Organizational Development, Vice Chair - David Katz (President Appt, Standing)
Associate VP & Dean of Rome Campus - Franca Armstrong (President Appt, Standing)
Executive Assistant to the President - Jill Heintz (President Appt, Standing)
Director of Human Resources - Kim Evans-Dame (President Appt, Standing)
VP for Student Affairs - Stephanie Reynolds (President Appt, Standing)
VP for Administrative Services - Tom Squires (President Appt, Standing)
VP For Learning & Academic Affairs - Lew Kahler (President Appt, Standing)
Director, Marketing & Communications - Alen Smajic (President Appt, Standing)
Institutional Research & Analysis - Marie Miknavich (President Appt, Standing)
Exec Director Information Technology - Paul Katchmar (VPAS, Standing)
At-Large - Tim Thomas (President Appt, 2021)
Facilities - Mike McHarris (VPAS Appt, 2020)
At Large - Shannon Crocker (VPLAA Appt, 2020)
At Large - Jim Lynch (VPLAA Appt, 2020)
Associate Dean - Julie Dewan (VPLAA Appt, 2021)
Faculty At Large - Nick Gioppo (Elected, 2020)
Faculty At Large - Mike Faitell (Elected, 2020)
Faculty At Large - James Rice (Elected, 2020)
Classified Staff - Mary Noti (Elected, 2019)
Non-Teaching Professional - Tamara Mariotti (Elected, 2019)
Non-Teaching Professional - Jim Sunderhaft (Elected, 2019)
Student Representative - Vacant (Student Congress Appt, 2019)

The Strategic Planning Council DOES:


Participates in an annual fall strategic planning retreat to synthesize trend data and identify annual college-wide initiatives to modify the strategic plan.Analyze, data, dconduct gap analysis, modify strategic plan
Serve as stewards of the college in the identification of priorities to enhance the college’s vitalityRecommend priorities
Engage faculty, staff and students in the planning processEngage the College
Facilitate processes and develop recommendations for updating the Vision, Mission, and Values statements at the CollegeFacilitate and recommend updates
Ensure that appropriate communication processes are in place to keep the internal community informed of progressCommunicate
Ensure that appropriate mechanisms are in place to link planning, assessment and budgeting and report successes annuallyExamine and evaluate progress on implementation
Serve as an advocate and champion for the college’s strategic plan.Advocate and champion

The Strategic Planning Council DOES NOT:
Focus on individual departments, operational issues, or specific resource allocation

• Keep the whole College in mind
• Focus on the future
• Simplify processes
• Constantly strive to more closely align the College with community needs
• Consider conducting student focus groups to obtain student input
• Use the STEEP or similar model for environmental scanning to analyze social, technology, environmental, economic and political sectors with education as a focus


Revised September 2015