Penn State

Penn State trustees approve strategic plan

Do you know where you’re going?

Penn State does.

After months of work, the university has a new strategic plan.

Provost Nick Jones said the comprehensive document about the future of Pennsylvania’s land-grant university is less a road map and more of an itinerary.

“It’s a vision for Penn State to build on a pretty amazing history and forge ahead to an even more impactful future,” he said.

The plan will carry the university through 2020 and addresses all colleges, campuses and programs. Individual strategic plans conducted for different departments, schools and more are listed at Penn State’s strategic planning website,

For some, the idea of the lofty goals was a little too lofty. Two trustees, Barbara Doran and Anthony Lubrano, originally expressed reservatiosn about the plan.

However, during Friday’s trustees meeting in Hershey, both not only changed their vote, but publically expressed their support for the plan.

“My original assessment that it was long on values, mission and vision, but I had questions about implementation and metrics,” said Doran.

However, she said that both Jones and fellow trustee Alice Pope were able to answer those questions and point to tools that would measure progress, winning her support.

That was rewarding for Jones.

“I am absolutely encouraged to have the unanimous support of the board,” he said.

President Eric Barron has said he would like to tailor the upcoming capital campaign to follow the goals of the strategic plan.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce