Campus-Wide Working Groups

Learning at Lafayette

  • Mary Jo Lodge, Professor of Theater (Co-Chair)
  • Jenn Rossmann, Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Co-Chair)
  • Chris Anderson, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Susan Averett, Dana Professor of Economics
  • Mike Bertucci, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Abby Close, College Transition Coordinator & Junior Class Dean
  • Chelsea Emrick, Instructional Technologist (ex-officio)
  • Caleb Gallemore, Associate Professor of International Affairs
  • Meghan Masto, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Abbey Milhaven ’24, Student, Psychology
  • Charlotte Nunes, Dean of Libraries
  • Judy Reed, Budget Manager (ex-officio)
  • John Shaw, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Katie Stafford, Associate Professor of Languages and Literary Studies
  • Mike Summers, Associate Vice President of the Gateway Career Center

Working at Lafayette

  • Melissa Garrison, Director of Counseling Services (Co-Chair)
  • Brett Hendrickson, Professor and Department Head of Religious Studies (Co-Chair)
  • Mike Chamberlain, Senior Director of Athletic Compliance and Student-Athlete Development
  • Karina Fuentes, Associate Director of Intercultural Development
  • Melissa Galloway, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Katherine Groo, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies
  • Heather Hartner, Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President (ex-officio)
  • Jeff Helm, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Lisa Karam, Coordinator, Engineering
  • Christa Kelleher, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Matt Larsen, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Laura Mutchler, Financial Systems Analyst (ex-officio)
  • David Nice, Professor and Department Head of Physics
  • Paulette Poloni, Executive Director of IT Operations
  • Robin Rinehart, Professor of Religious Studies
  • Jorge Torres, Associate Professor and Department Head of Music

Enriching Student Life at Lafayette

  • Tim Cox, Dean of Advising and Co-curricular Programs (Co-Chair)
  • Sarah Moschenross, Vice President for Student Life (Co-Chair)
  • Andrea Bohn, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Controller (ex-officio)
  • Kat Butler, Director of IT Planning and Analysis (ex-officio)
  • Rita Chesterton, Bradbury Dyer III ‘64 Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Justin Corvino, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Mathematics
  • James DeVault, Professor of Economics and Department Head
  • Jenn Dize, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Louise Frazier, Associate Director of Admissions
  • Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci, Professor and Assistant Head of Languages and Literacy Studies
  • Shahking Gomez ’25, Student, Philosophy
  • Thania Hernandez ’25, Student, English and Theater
  • Tingting Kang, Director of English for the Academic Purposes Center
  • Carly Riepenhoff, Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services
  • Joe Woo, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Rob Young, Director of Intercultural Development

Connecting Beyond Lafayette

  • Chelsea Morrese, Director of the Landis Center for Community Engagement (Co-Chair)
  • Ana Ramirez Luhrs, Co-Director of College Archives and Distinctive Collections (Co-Chair)
  • Paul Barclay, Professor of History
  • Krista Evans, Dean of Admissions
  • Trent Gaugler, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Alex Hendrickson, College Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
  • Fluney Hutchinson, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Kelly Huth, Assistant Director for Internal and Community Communications
  • Rochelle Keesler, Director of the Study Abroad Office
  • Nick Kiel, Senior Financial Analyst (ex-officio)
  • Megan Kintzer, Senior Director of Donor Relations
  • Caroline Lee, Professor and Department Head of Anthropology and Sociology
  • Jamie Lin ’27, Student, Psychology
  • Zoe Gelber ’24, Student, Government and Law
  • Jared Mast, Executive Director of Greater Easton Development Partnership
  • Andrea Smith, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
  • Jim Toia, Director of the Community Arts Program
  • John Troxell, Head Football Coach

The Lafayette Campus

  • Mike Butler, Professor and Assistant Head of Biology (Co-Chair)
  • Sherryta Freeman, Director of Athletics (Co-Chair)
  • Dru Germanoski, Van Artsdalen Professor of Geology (Co-Chair)
  • Jason Alley, Director of Learning and Research Technologies
  • David Brandes, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Walter A. Scott Chair of Integrative Engineering
  • Scott Kennedy, Director of Facilities Operations
  • Stephen Kurtz, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
  • Holly Lantos, Assistant Vice President for Budget and Analytics (ex-officio)
  • Meghan Madeira, Aegis Property Group (ex-officio)
  • Julie Mulé, Senior Associate Director of Residence Life
  • Delicia Nahman, Director of Sustainability
  • Remy Oktay ’24, Student, Engineering and Environmental Studies
  • Alex Owens, Technical Director of Theater
  • Rico Reyes, Director of Lafayette Galleries
  • Kristen Sanford, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
  • Marty Sullivan, Director of Academic Resource Hub
  • Makenzie Switzer ’26, Student, Biology

From the Steering Committee Charge:  

In March of 2026, Lafayette College will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding by the citizens of Easton, Pennsylvania. Inspired by the return of the famed Revolutionary War general to America in 1824, the College was founded to create educated citizens who could lead this still-young nation to a bright future. Much has changed in America and in higher education since those early days, but the College remains a stalwart force that continues to educate young people to serve and lead in organizations and communities of every kind, in the US, and across the world. The core mission of educating our citizenry has not changed; the commitment, ingenuity, and intellect of our faculty, staff, and students have ensured that our methods for reaching that goal have remained vibrant and innovative. 

It has been almost 15 years since the College embarked on a full strategic planning process that engages the entire community in deep dialogue and thorough contemplation of this vital institution’s mission, values, and priorities. The rapid pace of change in our society, and in the landscape of undergraduate higher education, calls Lafayette to accept the challenge now of renewing close consideration of our future and harnessing the collective power and creativity of our dedicated community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, neighbors, friends, and other stakeholders. As I stated when this process began: “Building a strategic plan that will guide College decision-making for the years ahead presents all of us with a critical opportunity to chart our future together.”

The strategic planning process’s name, Becoming Lafayette, reflects the theme of my inaugural address. In that address, I noted that I was inspired by Michele Obama’s book, Becoming, and its emphasis on the evolutionary journey we all can take toward a better future. I suggested that leading the College would not be a sprint or a marathon, but a relay that our community would engage in together. Through this planning process, we aspire to “become Lafayette” anew by honoring the accomplishments of those who carried the baton before us and, in building upon that strong foundation, defining the next stage of Lafayette’s service to our students, our community, and our world. The Campus-Wide Working Groups will play a seminal role in helping to chart that path forward.

Campus-Wide Working Groups: 

Purpose and Structure: Each Campus-Wide Working Group aligns with themes identified by the work of the Steering Committee as priority areas most central to the future of Lafayette College. Each group will be made up of strategic planning steering committee members partnering with colleagues from across the College and, as appropriate, external stakeholders. Each group will have 10-15 members and will be co-chaired by one member drawn from the steering committee, and one drawn from the larger College community. The majority of group members will be community members not currently serving on the Steering or Feasibility & Implementation Committees.  

The primary work of the Campus-Wide Working Groups is to develop goals and related actions that align with the needs of their assigned theme. The goals identified should be broad, long-term outcomes, while the actions represent initiatives that the College can take to move toward achieving those goals. 

In carrying out this charge, each Campus-Wide Working Group will ensure that their recommendations generally align with the College’s stated mission and values. While certain recommendations will undoubtedly resonate more naturally with certain values, each of the five values should be apparent to some degree within the goals and actions suggested. The diagram below illustrates the relationship between mission, values, themes, and working group goals and actions within the strategic planning process:  

Values and working group themes graphic

Process and Milestones: The working groups will begin meeting in January and have recommendations to the Steering Committee by April of 2024. Using the example areas for exploration as a springboard, the working groups should strive to generate goals that fit within the purview of each theme, ultimately narrowing their focus to no more than 3-4 goals. Goal identification represents Milestone #1 of the process and should be completed by February 2024.

Next, each working group should analyze each of their goals and identify 1-3 actions that would serve to meet this goal. These actions should provide opportunities for measurable results. For example, one could imagine under the theme of “Learning at Lafayette” that a goal could be ensuring every student has an experiential learning opportunity over their four years. A corresponding initiative under that goal could be increasing opportunities for paid research or internship opportunities for students, with concrete action steps related to meeting the stated goal. Identification of actions represents Milestone #2 and should be completed by March 2024. At that time, the working groups should also be prepared to present their draft goals and actions in a public forum to receive the thoughts and feedback of community members, including the Board of Trustees.

In April, the working groups should consider the feedback collected and provide to the Steering Committee a draft report of 5-7 pages that includes their recommendations. This represents Milestone #3 and will be the final deliverable expected from the working groups. The co-chairs of the working groups, however, will remain engaged with the Steering Committee as they write and develop further the draft recommendations that will make up the strategic plan. Drafts will be shared with working group membership and with the Board of Trustees for comment in May of 2024. Members of the Steering Committee will review and refine the draft recommendations into a DRAFT strategic plan document in the Summer of 2024. This draft will be presented to the community at the start of the Fall 2024 semester for further comment and refinement. The final draft should be complete by October of 2024. The diagram below summarizes the timeline and milestones for the Campus-Wide Working Groups:

Strategic planning working groups milestones graphic

Over the course of the project, the Campus-Wide Working Groups will continue to receive guidance from the Steering Committee and the Feasibility & Implementation Committee. A Pre-Tenure Faculty Group will also contribute their thoughts and feedback to the project. The working groups will also benefit from the data and analysis provided to the Steering Committee, as well as situational analysis data prepared for the project.  

As the strategic planning processes ahead will continue to be agile and dynamic, amendments to this Charge and timeline may be required and, if so, will be discussed with the Steering Committee and Campus-Wide Working Groups prior to formal adoption.

To great things ahead!

President Nicole Hurd