College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Strategic Visioning

 A Message From Dean Beyrouty

Dear colleagues and valued stakeholders,

I want to personally thank you for being a part of the college’s strategic visioning process. Thanks in large part to your efforts, we achieved a major milestone and have taken an important step toward shaping the future of our institution. Your participation yielded over 40,000 data points, reflecting important trends and issues affecting our college, state, industries, and society. Each individual comment from our statewide listening sessions was carefully analyzed by our leadership team. Behind the scenes, they worked tirelessly to establish key thematic areas designed to reflect the breadth and depth of our expertise, while promoting our college’s impact for the greater good of our citizens. With the help of a seasoned facilitator, our 30-person team held seven separate retreats and emerged with an inspiring and unanimous blueprint for five strategic initiatives, informed by agreed upon trends, strengths, areas for improvement, operational needs, and core values. They are as follows:

  • Advance innovative, profitable, and sustainable agricultural production systems

  • Ensure a clean and healthy Chesapeake Bay

  • Establish a healthy food system and ensure global food and nutritional security

  • Improve human, animal, and environmental health 

  • Optimize urban environments through design, green technology, and community engagement

I am very impressed with the result. With these five initiatives as the foundation for our three missions, Research, Academics, and Extension, I believe we will be able to build a stronger and highly influential college. We look forward to sharing more with you as we formally launch our strategic vision.

At the top left of this page you'll see a menu item labeled "The College's Strategic Initiatives" which includes a visual executive summary of our initiatives, as well as an option to download the full summary report of the overall process. 

We are grateful for your contributions to this process, and for being a valued member of the Maryland agricultural community. We are here to serve you and the state of Maryland, and we thank you for making us as successful as possible.


Dean Craig Beyrouty

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