Grove City College Starts New Strategic Planning Effort

GROVE CITY, Pa. – Grove City College has started a new strategic planning effort to continue developing on its status as one of the country’s top liberal arts colleges.

The new plan will build off the current five-year plan, launched in 2017. At the heart of the “Building for a Strong and Faithful” plan were goals to increase academic excellence, enhance the campus’ Christian environment, improve enrollment, raised brand awareness, streamline fiscal management and build financial resources.

“We don’t want to take a linear approach and just continue along the path we’re on. We don’t want to be constrained by anything that’s currently is going on,” said Craig Jones, vice chairman of the college’s board of trustees and leader of the planning process, in a statement. “We’re going to talk about a vision of where we want to be in three, four or five years and that will be significant in terms of furthering the college’s mission, vision and values.” 

Of the goals established by the 2017, Grove City College has hit many of its goals. Tuition is under $30,000 and the college is frequently rated as one of the best values in higher education.

“We have seen how valuable it is to have a mission-centric and initiative-driven strategic plan guiding our college,” President Paul J. McNulty said. “The college is blessed with a deep bench of wise and experienced leaders excited about this challenge. At the same time, we appreciate the proverbial truth that while we make our plans, God determines our course.”

Working with Jones on the strategic plan are board chairman Edward Breen and a committee of trustees, administration, faculty and staff. Included are: 

  • Lisa M. Antoszewski, chairwoman of the department of biology.
  • Michael Buckman, vice president for business and finance.
  • Elizabeth Bulette, trustee, vice chairwoman of the governance committee.
  • Kenneth P. Carson, chairman of the department of management and marketing.
  • Peter Frank, provost, professor of economics and vice president for academic affairs.
  • Susan Grimm, director of operations.
  • Deborah Holt, treasurer of the board.
  • H. Collin Messer, assistant dean for the Calderwood School of Arts and Letters and professor of English.
  • Douglas Muetzel, trustee, chairman of the development committee.
  • Dawn Owens, trustee, chairwoman of the enrollment and student affairs committee.
  • David Porter, trustee, secretary of the board.
  • Jeffrey D. Prokovich, vice resident for institutional advancement.
  • Richard Savage, Dean of the Hopeman School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics and professor of engineering.
  • Mandy Sposato, director of career services.
  • Betty Tallerico, assistant to the president.
  • Donald C. Templin, trustee, vice chairman of the enrollment and student affairs committee.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.