The Millennial Initiative Select Committee

In early January 2012, Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher formed a select committee for the purpose of thinking strategically about the university’s Millennial Initiative.

Chancellor's Charge to the Committee

At its initial meeting January 18, 2012, Chancellor Belcher charged the committee with three overarching tasks.

  • Evaluate and propose strategic uses and objectives of the Millennial Initiative. Explore the points of intersection between the institution's mission on the one hand, and opportunities, challenges and strengths on the other in the Western North Carolina area.
  • Recommend an institutional process that will engage both the institution and the external constituents in considering and evaluating the possibilities of the Millennial Initiative.
  • Propose both short-and long-term goals with appropriate plans and metrics for the Millennial Initiative.

Why Now

Chancellor Belcher stated there are several reasons why this is the right moment to revisit the Western Carolina University Millennial Initiative. First, the university is undergoing a comprehensive strategic planning process. It is in that setting that it is important we take a fresh look at the Millennial Initiative and where it has come from, where it is today, and where it should go in the next six to eight years. Another issue deals with the limitations of the current economy. Chancellor Belcher indicated it is understood that we must invest money in the Millennial Initiative for it to become what we all believe it can be. We must invest wisely and strategically and target those investments at the fundamental points of intersection between Western Carolina University and its mission and regional economic and community development needs. Finally, we need an external perspective on this undertaking. Chancellor Belcher noted there are members of the committee who bring an internal perspective to the issues considered by the committee, and also, a distinguished group of external constituents who have the best interest of Western Carolina at heart, and who are broad thinkers and think holistically about collaborative solutions to the problems and challenges facing Western North Carolina and the region.

 

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