College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Message from the Co-Chairs

Dear Colleagues:

As Dean Beyrouty announced, the college is embarking on a comprehensive visioning process. The ultimate goal is to establish our college as a leader in key thematic areas to make us stronger and more influential. The Strategic Visioning committee convened for a two-day retreat on January 26 and 27, which was led by facilitator Dr. Mitch Owen. 

The team would like to share these important highlights with the AGNR community:

·        The visioning process is inclusive and will include AGNR personnel on and off campus, students, alumni and stakeholders.

·        The goal of the visioning process is to position AGNR for future success.

·        An action plan has been developed for the visioning process and a timeline set for 4-6 months.

·        Everyone within the college will be engaged and involved.  Everyone’s voice is critical to shape the future of the college.

·        The Dean is engaged in, supportive of and committed to this visioning process

This is an exciting process and an exciting time within the college. As the world around us changes, we are fortunate to be taking the time to position the college for the next 10 to 20 years.  Many departments, units and entities within our college are working on or have developed their own strategic plans, and those plans are critical to the success of the college. We are now embarking on a visioning process for the entire College of Agriculture and Natural Resources which is designed to encompass all three legs of our land grant mission.

Your voice can be heard at one of a series of listening sessions across the state and on campus. These will be tightly organized by our leadership committee and offer you the unique opportunity to share your thoughts on many facets of the college.  Announcements of dates and times will be provided in the near future.  Numerous methods will be used to hear from stakeholders across the state.  If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Glori Hyman (gdhyman@umd.edu) or Lisa Lachenmayr (llachenm@umd.edu). 

We thank everyone for their support of this process and thank the committee members for all of their hard work and time dedicated to the success of this process. We look forward to seeing you at a Listening Session this spring!

Sincerely,

Glori Hyman and Lisa Lachenmayr

Committee Co-Chairs

 

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