Ann Blackwell

Planning Well and Doing Well

Thinking well is wise; planning well, wiser; but doing well is the wisest and best of all. – Persian Proverb

The academic department chairs, associate dean, and I recently spent the better part of a day reviewing and revising the strategic plan for the College of Education and Psychology. From my perspective, this planning is an invaluable investment of time and energy. We engaged in rich dialogue, enjoyed good-humored banter, and renewed our commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of the College. We reaffirmed high standards for our work that translate into quality educational experiences for our students and faculty/student research that makes a difference for the citizens of Mississippi and beyond.

Our College Statement was expanded to explicitly incorporate support for faculty and staff. The past few years have been challenging; the College and University have dealt with shrinking resources coupled with increasing demands. Faculty and staff have responded professionally, and the College continues to grow. It is appropriate, however, to ensure an environment within the College that fosters personal and professional growth, recognition, and success for our colleagues. Human capital is our most valuable resource; we want to protect that resource in the College of Education and Psychology. In my experience, it is fundamental to doing well.

Ann Blackwell
Ann Blackwell
Dr. Ann P. Blackwell serves as dean of the College of Education and Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi.

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