Salem Academy and College Strategic Planning Process

Over the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years, Salem Academy and College has been engaged in a community-wide process to create a vision for the future, to identify a set of strategic themes, and to determine related institutional priorities as we head toward our 250th year and beyond. This is not a comprehensive review of everyday Academy and College operations, but rather an opportunity for Salem to examine questions related to mission, purpose, and educational opportunities within the context of a changing landscape and with an eye to the future. Salem Academy and College approaches this new endeavor following the successful outcomes and momentum resulting from the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan.

The current process began in the summer of 2016 with a letter to the Salem Academy and College community announcing the formation of a Strategic Planning Committee to be co-chaired by Lauren Rogers, Dean of Students at the Academy, and Dr. Janet Zehr, Associate Professor of English. Planning efforts officially launched in the fall 2016 semester with a series of discussion sessions and surveys designed to solicit feedback and input from Salem community constituents. Input was focused on identifying opportunities for Salem's future, along with feedback regarding Salem's strengths and challenges. Over the course of the coming months, additional updates regarding opportunities for further input and communication related to the progress of this process will be shared via this web page. 

In December of 2017, the Strategic Planning Committee met with the Board of Trustees to discuss the work to date and launch the next phase of the process. In that meeting, the Board decided that a Steering Committee would be formed to build on the work of the Strategic Planning Committee. The charge to the Steering Committee is to guide the next phase of the process that will result in a clear vision for Salem and a short list of key strategic directions to recommend to the Board of Trustees. With a leadership transition now on the horizon, this process offers both an opportunity for the Salem community to help set the future direction of Salem and provide a new platform for leadership.

Strategic Planning Updates  

Messages from the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the President:

Timeline

The First Phase (2016-17)

August 2016             

  • President Sterritt announces formation of a Strategic Planning Committee in a letter to the Salem community. Under the direction of the Board of Trustees and the President, the Strategic Planning Committee is charged with the responsibility of recommending to the Board a strategic plan that will establish a vision for the next five years for Salem Academy and College. Lauren Rogers, Dean of Students at the Academy, and Dr. Janet Zehr, Associate Professor of English at the College, are appointed Co-chairs.

November 2016

  • Committee launches series of discussion sessions and surveys to gather input from Salem community
  • Subcommittees are formed to assess opportunities and challenges related to specific areas  

October 2017

  • Board of Trustees discusses progress of strategic planning process during fall meeting. Begins planning for a strategic visioning session for members of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Cabinet, and the Board

November 2017

December 2017

  • Session held over two days focused on outcomes to date and Board establishes goals, timeline, and process for the next phase of the process in determining a vision and strategic direction for Salem's future

The Next Phase: Spring 2018

January 2018

  • Letter from Board Chair and President to Salem community announcing the next phase of the process in the spring term
  • A Strategic Planning Steering Committee is convened, chaired by Dara Folan, Trustee
  • Board enlists assistance from Cambridge Hill Partners, a consulting group specializing in strategic innovation and planning, diversity, and organizational development, to guide the process with the Steering Committee and facilitate campus conversations

February/March

  • Interviews and focus groups to be held with key campus constituents
  • Review and analysis of internal and external data 

April

May

  • Discussion of vision and key strategic themes with members of the Salem community

June

  • Draft of Strategic Plan presented to the Board of Trustees for review and discussion

Fall 2018

  • Board of Trustees approval of plan

 

Committees

The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee will take up the work from the initial Strategic Planning Committee and oversee the strategic planning process in partnership with the consultants. Chaired by Dara Folan, Trustee, the role of the Committee is to assist the Board in framing a future strategic direction for Salem. This includes informing the process, developing a communications strategy for the life of the project, supporting the process among constituent groups, adjusting steps and timing as needed, and working with the consultants. The Steering Committee will be making broad decisions on how interaction with the community will occur throughout the process. The Committee will work with the consultants and review objectives, activities, timeline, and desired outcomes. The Committee will present its findings and recommendations to the Board of Trustees for their review and action.

Members 

  • Dara Folan, Chair-elect of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Steering Committee*
  • Lorraine Sterritt, President of Salem Academy and College*
  • Kathy M. Barnes C'81, Director of Major Gifts
  • Diana Blanchard, Director of Board Relations*
  • Duane Davis, Board of Trustees
  • Lossie Freeman C'97, Board of Trustees
  • Ed Jones, Director of Communications and Public Relations
  • Alan Mueller, Assistant Dean of Students for Student Activities, Leadership, and Intercultural Education at the College*
  • Betsy Overton, Department Chair and History Teacher at the Academy*
  • Lauren Rogers, Dean of Students at the Academy*
  • Katherine Knapp Watts C'80, Vice President for Enrollment, Financial Aid, and Communications at the College*
  • Janet Zehr, Associate Professor of English at the College*

* Denotes members of the initial Strategic Planning Committee

The Initial Strategic Planning Committee

Members

Academy Subcommittee:

  • Lauren Rogers, Chair
  • Dara Folan, Board of Trustees
  • Sallie Craig Huber, Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Jenni Lynch, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • Janet Materdo, Spanish and ESL Teacher
  • Betsy Overton, Chair, History Department
  • Jessica Rogers, Director of Admissions
  • Mary Lorick Thompson, Interim Head of Academy
  • Sydnor Presnell, Board of Trustees
  • Kevin Sellers, College Counselor
  • Jeremy Shreve, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
  • Kris Sorrells, Math Teacher
  • Lorraine Sterritt, President
  • Diana Blanchard, Director of Board Relations
  • Katherine Knapp Watts, Vice President for Enrollment, Financial Aid, and Communications                                                  

College Subcommittee:

  • Janet Zehr, Chair
  • Susan Calovini, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College
  • Rebecca Dunn, Professor of Biology
  • Sallie Craig Huber, Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Carol Kirby, Professional in Residence
  • Dane Kuppinger, Assistant Professor of Biology, Environmental Studies Program Director
  • Jenni Lynch, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • Alan Mueller, Assistant Dean of Students for Student Activities, Leadership, and Intercultural Education
  • Sydney Richardson, Dean of the Martha H. Fleer Center
  • Jeanette Rork, Registrar and Director of Institutional Research
  • Jeremy Shreve, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
  • Dee Smith, Board of Trustees
  • Lorraine Sterritt, President
  • Diana Blanchard, Director of Board Relations
  • Richard Vinson, Dean for Undergraduate Studies
  • Katherine Knapp Watts, Vice President for Enrollment, Financial Aid, and Communications

 

Mission and Core Values

Mission Statement of Salem College:

Salem College, a liberal arts college for women, values its students as individuals, develops their unique potential, and prepares them to change the world.

Approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2006

Statement of Values:

Rooted in the distinctive Moravian commitment to education, our core values are:

Learning Grounded in the Pursuit of Excellence

  • Instilling commitment to scholarly inquiry
  • Educating the whole person
  • Transforming knowledge into action

Learning Grounded in Community

  • Recognizing individual potential
  • Embracing diversity
  • Exemplifying honor

Learning Grounded in Responsibility to Self and the World

  • Developing personal accountability
  • Cultivating leadership
  • Preparing global citizens

Mission of Salem Academy:

Now in its third century of sustaining a community in which girls learn best, Salem Academy remains dedicated to fostering the intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical growth of young women.

Founded in 1772 by the Moravian church, Salem Academy flourishes today as an independent, college-preparatory school that celebrates its diversity and affirms each student's uniqueness.

As advocates for women in leadership roles, we recognize our place in a global society and persist in our commitment to a lifetime of learning. We pledge ourselves to retain and nurture those values which encourage each student to take risks, show integrity, and discover her passion as she sets out on her own journey.

Objectives

To implement our philosophy we have formulated the following objectives:

TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR A LIFETIME OF LEARNING BY:

  • admitting students who are of college-preparatory quality
  • providing for small classes and individual attention
  • fostering mature attitudes toward work and the development of effective study habits requiring mastery of subject matter
  • encouraging logical, independent, critical, and creative thinking
  • broadening the intellectual, artistic, and cultural horizons of the students
  • guiding students in the selection of colleges most suited to their needs

TO FOSTER ETHICAL AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH BY:

  • maintaining an honor system which promotes personal integrity in every girl
  • offering a program which allows students to express and to practice their own religious beliefs
  • offering opportunities for, and encouraging participation in, service to the community
  • making a consistent effort to inspire each girl to practice consideration for all individuals
  • teaching a sense of individual responsibility necessary and desirable for good citizenship in a school community and in a democratic society 

TO FOSTER MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING BY:

  • admitting students whose academic background and character indicate the potential for personal and intellectual achievement
  • providing a well-kept physical plant, nutritious and appetizing meals, and a well-staffed health service
  • offering a physical education and athletic program that promotes good health, develops physical skills, and promotes sportsmanship
  • sponsoring student organizations and activities which provide opportunities for service, leadership, and recreation
  • emphasizing the development of self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-esteem through the encouragement of high standards of personal conduct