Dr. Sullivan will begin to develop a strategic plan for St. Thomas during her first year as president.
By January, Sullivan expects to appoint a steering committee to oversee a strategic planning process that will last up to 12 months. Separate subcommittees will be appointed to specific areas such as academic excellence and Catholic identity.
Among the many documents the committees will have as resources are the strategic directions approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2012 and results from climate and planning surveys conducted earlier this year among faculty, staff and students.
A new strategic plan ultimately will guide St. Thomas for the following decade and shape priorities for fund-raising efforts.
In May 2012, the St. Thomas Board of Trustees concluded a yearlong review and study of strategic directions and approved five goals for guiding the university.
Review the results of a presidential planning survey sent to St. Thomas faculty, students and staff in spring 2013.
More than eight of 10 St. Thomas faculty, staff and students responded to a campus climate survey from early 2013.