SUNY Orange Board of Trustees approves strategic plan

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MIDDLETOWN – The SUNY Orange Board of Trustees has approved the college’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

The plan, shaped over the past year by input from a broad array of constituencies internally and externally, will empower, strengthen, sustain and invigorate the college’s vision and mission with strategies that are responsive to the communities it serves and times in which it serves.

“This plan came together during a complex period for the college and our community, but it was important that we craft a thoughtful guiding document that allows us to prepare for opportunities that will present themselves, chart new directions for the college and react to adversities we may face,” said Fred Watson, chair of the board.

The Strategic Plan 2020-2025 identifies three strategic initiatives, with a series of goals and objectives connected with each initiative. The three overarching initiatives seek to support SUNY Orange in its commitments to: empower student success by equitably linking students with their aspirations; strengthen the region’s economic future through teaching and training for a brighter tomorrow; and sustain and invigorate the school’s planned future as it reimagines human, financial and physical resources.

The inclusive process to develop the plan was spearheaded by a 12-member Strategic Planning Committee led by co-chairs Likkia Moody, director of the Newburgh campus, and Dr. Damon Ely, professor of biology. The Board provided high-level guidance to the College’s administrative leadership team, which in turn worked with the President’s Cabinet to develop preliminary concepts for the three main initiatives. From there, the Steering Committee, along with Strategic Initiative Committees comprised of volunteers assigned to each initiative, conducted research and solicited input from many sources as they refined the initiatives prior to developing the accompanying goals and objectives. Input from SUNY Orange employees and students, as well as the community-at-large, added the final nuances to the plan.