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Input sought for Marshall's vision statement

Dec. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The members of Marshall's Shared Vision Statement team have released four proposed new vision statements for the university for a public vote.

The 21-member Shared Vision Statement team was formed following the October 20/20 retreat focused on key challenges the university faces due to the lessening of state funding for public education.

According to Marshall University President Stephen Kopp, a new "shared vision statement" can help set the stage for Marshall's overall goal as a university.

"A vision statement should be both inspirational and aspirational, and serve to motivate all stakeholders," Kopp said. "It should declare the august ambitions of an organization and answer the question, 'What do we seek to become?' It should be clear, memorable and concise as it will serve as the guide for present and future university priorities and actions."

The four options released by the team are:

We are the most student-focused university in our region, united in realizing our students' potential through learning and service.

Marshall University ... where you want to be.

The vision of Marshall University is to inspire learning and creativity that ignites the mind, nurtures the spirit and fulfills the promise of a better future.

Marshall University's vision: Every student succeeds.

Visit Marshall's strategic planning website at http://www.marshall.edu/2020/2020-vision-statement-selection/ to vote. Voting continues through Jan. 10, 2014.

The Shared Vision Statement team is co-chaired by Kopp and Tracy Christofero, professor of technology management. The participants were organized into three teams each composed of faculty, staff, senior staff and two students enrolled in a strategic planning graduate course.

"Our teams additionally worked on developing a cover story about what they wanted for the university. They used what they learned through these processes to develop a vision statement for the university that can be spoken in one breath," Christofero said.

Once a new statement is selected, it will be brought before the Marshall University Board of Governors for official adoption in 2014.

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