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The Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee guides implementation of Charting Our Course over the years ahead.

The Coordinating Committee is broadly representative of campus and committed to co-creating a process that integrates Charting Our Course into the fabric of UW Tacoma’s operations and culture. The faculty, staff and student members of the committee include co-champions for each of the six Impact Goals, as well as at-large student and staff representatives. 

Members will help prioritize and support unit-level and campus-level initiatives, facilitate collaboration and evaluate plan progress. Their initial focus is on identifying, celebrating and optimizing existing plan-aligned work. 

We will be soliciting nominations for committee vacancies early in fall quarter.

Coordinating Committee Roster

Chief Strategy Officer

  • Joe Lawless,  Office of the Chancellor

Co-Champions: Students

  • Julia Smith, Executive Administrator, Office of Community Partnerships
  • Nicole Blair, Associate Teaching Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Co-Champions: Scholarship

  • Cheryl Greengrove, Research, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Stephen Norman, Associate Professor & Associate Dean, Milgard School of Business

Co-Champions: Communities

  • Ali Modarres, Dean and Professor, Urban Studies and Assistant Chancellor for Community Engagement
  • Rita Than, Assistant Professor, Science and Mathematics

Co-Champions: Equity

  • James McShay, Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion 
  • Marian Harris, Professor, School of Social Work & Criminal Justice

Co-Champions: Culture

  • Ashley Walker, Academic Advisor for Educational Leadership, School of Education
  • Diana Lopez, Administrative Specialist, Advancement

Co-Champions: Growth

  • Ben Mauk, Associate Director, Campus Planning and Retail Operations
  • 2nd Co-Champion position open

Staff Association Representative

  • Chris Fuentes, Staff Association Chair; Project Manager, Information Technology

Faculty Assembly Representative

  • Open

ASUWT Appointed Student Representative

  • Dennis Adjetey,   ASUWT Senator for Urban Studies

Committee Charge

The purpose of the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee (SPCC) is to guide the strategic plan implementation process over the life of the new plan. The group will develop processes and policies as necessary to fully integrate the plan into the fabric of the institution’s operations. It is anticipated that the group will guide implementation processes that will be well integrated with established guidelines and timetables for such processes as space allocations, budget deliberations and development, legislative requests, etc.

The group will be responsible to monitor the implementation of both unit-level and campus-level initiatives designed to achieve the established campus-level Impact Goals. The committee will review and then recommend initiatives forward to the Chancellor’s Cabinet for discussion and final approval by the Chancellor. The Committee will also work with responsible campus units to provide external and internal communications about strategic plan progress. The group will be responsible to monitor plan success and report overall plan achievements as well as Impact Goal level achievements.

Impact Goal Co-Champions will advocate for and support both unit-level and campus-level initiatives designed to accomplish the range of metrics identified for each Impact Goal. Informal Impact Goal subgroups will evaluate plan progress to insure full coverage of all Impact Goal metrics over the life of the plan. Impact Goal subgroups will also work with SPCC to identify possible resources for Impact Goal related initiatives and will help prioritize initiative development across the timeline of the plan implementation. The Impact Goal groups will also work with SPCC to maximize synergies and cross-Impact Goal related activities that advance the overall vision of UW Tacoma.