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Strategic Positioning Process Next Steps

Oct. 7, 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Since last week’s Town Hall, we have received a large number of self-nominations for the Strategic Priority Committees. Thank you to all who have volunteered their time and expertise. As I said last week, the involvement of our entire community will be extremely important as we chart a path for Bentley’s future together. The enthusiastic response from so many of you leaves me encouraged for what comes next.

The work of the strategic positioning process will be led by five committees: a steering committee and four committees focused on strategic priorities: Student Experience; Culture and Values; Resource Stewardship, Revenue Growth and Diversification; and Positioning and Partnerships. The committees include individuals from across our community—faculty, staff, students and trustees—to ensure that all perspectives are represented. There will also be key opportunities for alumni and corporate partners to engage in this process down the line. I am confident that our five committees will position us well for an inclusive and thoughtful planning process, and I’m grateful to the community members who have volunteered their time.

As we begin this important process, I’m pleased to share with you our new strategic positioning website, which includes a timeline, ways to provide feedback, and the members of each of the five committees. There will be a number of ways for all members of our community to get involved, and more information will be posted on the website and shared with the community by email. Be on the lookout for planning meetings and workshops in the coming months. Nobody knows Bentley better than our students, faculty, staff and alumni, so we will need your input to ensure our collective success.

Thank you for joining me in this exciting process. As I said in our Town Hall, we are in a strong position to meet the many challenges facing the higher education landscape. Our collective energy, commitment, creativity and ability far exceed the challenges we face. Our work together in defining a vision for Bentley will ensure our success for the next decade and beyond. I’m looking forward to working with this community to do just that. If you have any questions or comments about this, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.    

Most Sincerely,
President Chrite