Reminder: Strategic planning retreat scheduled for Oct. 17

Marshall2020LogoMembers of the university community will be participating in a planning retreat next week to begin to formulate an action plan for moving forward with recommendations from the Marshall 20/20 strategic planning work groups.

The retreat is set for 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the St. Mary’s Conference Center at 2825 Fifth Ave., Huntington.

More than 125 representatives from all university constituencies—including faculty, classified staff, students, the board of governors and administrators—have been invited to participate, including all those who participated in the Marshall 20/20 kick-off retreat last October and members of the Budget Work Group and Services Portfolio Review’s Rapid Response Teams. Others who are interested in participating are welcome and should RSVP by contacting Cora Massey at 304-696-3977 or

Over the past several months, the Academic Portfolio Review and Services Portfolio Review work groups looked at the university’s academic programs and services with the goal of identifying potential opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement. The teams also were focused on addressing some of the structural issues that prevent delivery of top-notch programs and services.

The teams’ findings were presented to the university’s administration several weeks ago and are being assessed for practicality and impact of implementation. The Oct. 17 retreat is the next step in finalizing an action plan and timeline.

The outcome of this strategic planning process will likely be some reorganization of the university’s structure to improve efficiencies, but the goal of the Marshall 20/20 process is to make the most effective use of current positions and to find cost savings through attrition first, before positions are eliminated.

For more information about the strategic planning process, visit the Marshall 20/20 website, which includes a discussion forum for asking questions and providing feedback.