Strategic Planning Council

The Strategic Planning Council (SPC) will have responsibility for reviewing the current institutional Vision, Mission, Values and Plan and providing recommendations for revising each. Strategic Priorities and Strategic Initiatives will be developed in support of a 2020 Strategic Plan that specifically addresses the broad strategic framework and areas of emphasis provided by the President. 

At the conclusion of its work, the SPC will submit recommendations to the President concerning an updated institutional Vision, Mission, Values, and Plan. The President will submit the SPC recommendations to the Executive Cabinet for discussion, consideration and final approval; pending any additions, deletions or revisions proposed by the President or Executive Cabinet. 

Once the SPC recommendations have been revised and approved by the President and Executive Cabinet, the 2020 Strategic Plan will be published and implemented as the foundation for all institutional planning processes.  Each year, departments and units will base their normal annual goal-setting and planning exercises on the Strategic Priorities and Strategic Initiatives developed by the SPC in order to set unit-specific goals that are congruent with the strategic plan.  Unit-level goals will be developed and assessed annually per normal institutional processes.


Campus Input

The Southern Miss community will be engaged in this process in as many ways as deemed appropriate and feasible by the SPC in order to facilitate broad campus-wide discussions and input.  The SPC and respective work groups will develop and incorporate appropriate strategies to engage the Southern Miss community to collect input concerning what should be included in a new strategic plan.  In addition, the SPC will engage and involve persons with subject-matter experience in each of the areas outlined in the Strategic Framework. Complete the CAMPUS-WIDE SURVEY.

Strategic Framework

The President has provided the following broad areas that will guide the SPC’s work. From this strategic framework, the Council will develop appropriate institutional Strategic Priorities and corresponding measurable Strategic Initiatives. The SPC is encouraged to be future-minded and to focus more on the possibilities of the future than the limitations of the past or the realities of the present. The Strategic Priorities and Initiatives will serve as the roadmap in the institutional planning process for the development of specific goals at the college, department and administrative unit level. 

1. Student success

2. Teaching and research excellence

3. Public and  community engagement

4. Enrollment strategies

5. Support of employees and human capital

6. Diversity

7. Emerging themes

The Planning Process

View a chart (PDF) illustrating the process and phases of the Strategic Planning Council.

Proposed Timeline* 

1. February 2014: SPC is charged by President and begins work 

2. Spring 2014: Work groups meet (focus on Vision, Mission, Values) Vision, Mission, Values update drafted; community input solicited SPC Co-chairs update Executive Cabinet 

3. Summer 2014: Work groups meet, work continues electronically
4. Fall 2014: SPC work groups focus on Strategic Priorities and Initiatives
5. Mid-Fall 2014:  Strategic Priorities and Initiatives drafted
6. Mid-Fall 2014: SPC Co-chairs provide update to Executive Cabinet
7. Late Fall 2014: SPC submits proposal to President (Vision, Mission, Values
and Plan)
8. Late Fall 2014: President and Executive Cabinet review and discuss; and  
propose additions, deletions or revisions prior to final plan approval
9. Spring 2015: 2020 Strategic Plan published and implemented
10. Spring 2015: The annual institutional planning process begins at the  college, department and administrative unit level (goals developed at each level throughout the University in support 2020 Strategic Plan)

11. Annually: Each college, department and administrative unit will annually develop goals that support the University’s strategic priorities and initiatives as part of the institutional planning process; will assess their success in achieving those goals, and make necessary changes as a result of that assessment. This process will be repeated annually in a prescribed institutional manner.

*The timeline is subject to revision.

Strategic Planning Council Membership 

  1. Dr. Mary Ann Adams, College of Education and Psychology, Co-chair
  2. Dr. Joseph Peyrefitte, College of Business, Co-chair
  3. Dr. Julie Reid, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Letters
  4. Dr. Kathy Masters, Associate Professor, College of Nursing
  5. Dr. Kathy Yadrick, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Health
  6. Dr. Doug Masterson, Associate Professor/Chair, College of Science and Technology
  7. Dr. David Davies, Dean and Professor, Honors College
  8. Ms. Sarah Mangrum, Clinical Assistant Professor, Libraries
  9. Ms. Carolyn Cawthon, Assistant to Dean, Graduate School
  10. Ms. Vanessa Molden, Program Promotion and Communication Manager
  11. Dr. Scott Blackwell, Director of Residence Life, Student Affairs
  12. Dr. Doug Vinzant, VP for Finance and Administration
  13. Dr. Shannon Fleming, Executive Director, Advancement
  14. Dr. Tom Lansford, Academic Dean for Gulf Coast
  15. Mr. Chase Kasper, Director, Office of Technology Development, Research
  16. Dr. Shannon Campbell, Director, Trent Lott Center, Exec. Assist. to President for External Affairs
  17. Mr. Paul Walters, Director of Compliance, General Counsel
  18. Mr. Jeremy McClain, Deputy Athletic Director, Director, Athletics
  19. Ms. Alison Bruton, Director of New Student Recruitment, Enrollment Services
  20. Dr. Melissa Thompson, Assistant Professor, Academic Council
  21. Mr. Desmond Fletcher, Associate Professor, Faculty Senate
  22. Dr. Bonnie Nicholson, Associate Professor, Graduate Council
  23. Ms. Karen Reidenbach, Customer Care Specialist, Staff Council
  24. Dr. Casey Maugh, Assistant Professor, Gulf Coast Faculty Council
  25. Mr. Jason Bigelow, Campus Architect, Gulf Coast
  26. Mr. Jeffrey George, SGA Cabinet, Hattiesburg
  27. Ms. Alice Moss, SGA Cabinet, Gulf Coast
  28. Ms. Julia Koch, GA Rec Sports, Hattiesburg
  29. Ms. Tanisha Staten, GA International Development, Gulf Coast
  30. Ms. Tisha Zelner, Chair-Elect, Council of Chairs 

Ex-Officio Members

  1. Ms. Michelle Arrington, Institutional Research
  2. Dr. Tom Burke, Executive Assistant to the President for Administration
  3. Mr. Jim Coll, Chief Communications Officer
  4. Ms. Kathryn Lowery, Institutional Effectiveness
  5. Dr. Bill Powell, Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation