Strategic Planning Steering Committee Member Profiles

From the SPSC Charge: The Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) is an ad hoc group responsible to the President that serves as the central coordinating group for University at Albany’s strategic planning process from August 2016 through May 2017. The SPSC consists of a deliberately small group of faculty and staff members who are asked to think innovatively and strategically. These colleagues will reflect a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, while bringing a shared commitment to advancing the institution as a whole. It is co­chaired by Provost Stellar and Chief of Staff Wirkkula. Composed of approximately 12 members, the group should be be formed over the summer and hold its first meeting in late August. Nominations for membership are solicited from all faculty and staff, the Executive Committee, Deans, and other leadership groups. Appointments are made by the President.

So what are the characteristics of a good SPSC member?

  • Be able to think strategically, applying long­term vision that moves beyond the context of current problems all the while adapting to changing conditions.
  • Be able to think institutionally, moving beyond one's own department or unit, political factions, or the interests of single individuals or groups.
  • Be future oriented, remaining free from overly judgmental, entrenched, or disabling approaches to meeting the future.
  • Be able to think like a planner, believing that well organized and resourced ideas can make their way from dreams to reality.
  • Be committed, allocating both intellectual energy and the appropriate time for this important task.
  • Be able to work in a team, freeing oneself from the solo hero’s approach and being open to listening to broad audiences and synthesizing their input for the good of the whole.

Here are some possible profiles:

A newly tenured faculty member who can bring ideas from outside the institution and can focus on the task at hand. An experienced administrator that has broad exposure to higher education issues and practices. Perhaps he/she has served multiple institutions in his/her career. A faculty or professional staff member who keeps aware of the future of teaching and learning, both pedagogy and technology.
A professional who is a good writer and can manage multiple kinds of information inputs and communicate ideas that Albany’s constituents will understand. An energized mid­career faculty member who is unafraid to try new things and remains excited about the future of the research university in society A staff or administrator who understands the resource environment in the region, at Albany, and within the SUNY system.
A faculty member with insight into the emerging programs that will be necessary to support the economies and students of the future. A staff member engaged in the student experience who knows the needs of many kinds of current and future students. A senior faculty member who has demonstrated institutional leadership.