President's Messages

View the Overview Presentation from the two sessions.

April 27, 2015: Letter to Saint Mary's Community

Subject: Strategic Plan Announcement

Dear Saint Mary’s community,

During De La Salle Week we took time to celebrate the bold vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. I would like to share how our community is working to build on the Founder’s vision in the 21st century with the College’s 2015-2020 strategic plan, “Distinctive Excellence: Defining the Future of Saint Mary’s College.” 

Through the strategic plan, Saint Mary’s has clear foresight for its future aspirations:

  • A comprehensive university, grounded in the Liberal Arts, known as the leading Catholic institution of higher learning in the West
  • A university recognized as providing the highest quality academic experience provided by dedicated, accomplished faculty
  • An education that remains affordable by developing new revenue streams supporting student success, academic support for timely degree completion and a commitment to effective resource management across the College 
  • Graduates who are prepared through a quality education and practical experiences to lead successful and meaningful professional lives

The plan is the culmination of a yearlong effort by constituents from across the College, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, Trustees, Regents and other advisory boards, and reviewed and endorsed by our Board of Trustees. Your critical thinking, collaboration and input have been crucial elements in the completion of the plan, and your continued engagement with the implementation of the plan will ensure its success. 

To support activities of the plan, the College will invest significant resources over the next five years. Investing in the plan requires ambitious fundraising growth, meeting and/or exceeding enrollment targets and the strategic management and allocation of existing budgetary resources. The President’s Cabinet will manage the implementation of the first 24 months of the five-year plan. Read about the activities anticipated for the first year of implementation. Finally, progress toward achieving plan goals will be tracked and assessed through the Institutional Effectiveness Committee and measured by the established key performance indicators

I will host two sessions for the community where I, along with members of the Cabinet, will present the plan and answer any questions you may have. Please join me Wednesday, May 6 from 1-2 p.m. in Claeys Lounge or Thursday, May 7 from 4-5 p.m. in the Faculty Staff Dining Room. 

I am extremely proud of all that our community has accomplished together, and I am eager to get started on the great work ahead of us. 


James A. Donahue