Chatfield College Welcomes Community to Weigh-In on Strategic Plan

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Chatfield College is working hard on its next three-year strategic plan, and we welcome your input!

As our sensational new Academic Dean, Dr. Peter Hanson told me, “Periodic but regular strategic planning is the sign of a vibrant and healthy academic institution.”   One of Chatfield’s many strengths is the close relationships we maintain with our friends and neighbors, and all of the faculty, students, staff, vendors, and contractors we work with, who make up the Chatfield community.

Under the direction of our Board Planning Committee, comprised of the chairs of all seven of the standing committees made up of Chatfield trustees, we have been taking a close look at our vision for the future, our mission statement, and the core values we hold so dear to our institution, all emanating from our long and valued history as an Ursuline College.  St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines (all the way back in the 16th century) told us to “change with the times”, and Chatfield is committed to being nimble and responsive to the needs of our students during these rapidly changing times in higher education and in the workforce.  This is why a current and well-thought-out strategic plan is essential.

Please come and share your thoughts with us!  We have planned four sessions – two on each campus – and to accommodate as many people as possible, both morning and afternoon meetings are scheduled.  Coffee and doughnuts will be available at the morning sessions, while cookies and punch will be plentiful in the afternoon. Our first “Community Coffee” will be held at Chatfield’s Over-the-Rhine campus, 1544 Central Parkway, on Thursday, March 15th at 8:30am. That same afternoon, “Community Cookies” will begin at 3:30pm. The Brown County campus will host both a “Community Coffee” morning session at 8:30am and an afternoon “Community Cookie” session at 3:30pm on Monday, March 19th in the Welcome Center.  Chatfield’s historic Brown County campus is located at 20918 State Route 251 in St. Martin/Fayetteville.

So no matter how you feel a connection to Chatfield College, whether or not you have ever taken a class, or know someone who has, are a neighbor, or are even a graduate yourself, or if you just want to learn more about us, you are invited to participate and share your views. Your RSVP is not required, but would be much appreciated (so our cookie chefs can be fully ready for you.)

To RSVP, or for more information, contact Cheryl Kern at 513-875-3344 ext. 130 or email Cheryl.kern@chatfield.edu.

I look forward to seeing you at Chatfield!

John P. Tafaro became Chatfield’s fifth president in 2009.  Email him at                                   john.tafaro@chatfield.edu.