May 12, 2016
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
As we look forward to Trinity College’s bicentennial in 2023, we need to plan for the future of our campus and community.  A Bicentennial Strategic Planning Commission is being formed to guide plans in several areas as we approach and enter into our third century.  I will chair this Bicentennial Strategic Planning Commission, which will be inclusive and informed by many voices in our community as we establish our vision and priorities leading up to our 200th anniversary.  I invite faculty, students, and staff to volunteer to help the College address our planning needs and take Trinity boldly into the future.
This planning process is designed to reach the following goals:

1) articulate what is unique and special about Trinity College;
2) develop strategic directions, consistent with our mission, to improve the quality and sustainability of the College and community;
3) define processes for setting priorities and making decisions;
4) determine metrics by which we will monitor our progress toward our goals; and
5) lay the groundwork for a bicentennial fundraising campaign.

Our previous Cornerstone planning process led to a comprehensive fundraising campaign that resulted in $281 million in current use and endowed gifts that supported the renovation of the Long Walk buildings and other campus enhancements and provided endowed professorships and student scholarships at the College.  Now, you can be a part of the planning and priority-setting for the third century of this remarkable College.
During the last two years, many of you have been a part of planning that is already under way.  The Working Goals provided us with guideposts for the last 18 months. We are gathering a retrospective of the last 10 years as part of the 10-year reaccreditation process by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  The trustees helped define their vision for the College, and this spring we have had focus groups with faculty, staff, and students on the College’s mission.
This Bicentennial Strategic Planning Commission will be made up of five subcommittees that will assess current strengths and the critical challenges and opportunities that face Trinity.  Throughout our strategic planning, we will seek to cultivate a culture of respect, inclusion, and accountability in our community.  This is your opportunity to be a part of the future of Trinity College.  Sign up by June 3, 2016, by clicking on this link and identifying which committees interest you and what you can offer to the planning process.  The committee chairs and I will choose up to eight volunteers for each of the planning committees.  We encourage individuals who are currently on shared governance committees related to the subcommittee topics to volunteer for a relevant committee.
I am very optimistic about our future ’neath the elms.  Please join together in shaping that bright future.
Joanne Berger-Sweeney
President and Trinity College Professor of Neuroscience