President's Fall Retreat
The retreat is attended by more than 100 campus leaders, including administrators, bargaining unit leaders, student government and other faculty and staff.
2017 Fall Retreat
It has become somewhat of tradition for the President to host a fall retreat at Gustavus Adolphus College. The retreat is attended by more than 100 campus leaders, including administrators, bargaining unit leaders, student government and other faculty and staff. This year we also had special guests, Interim Chancellor Devinder Malholtra, and Mr. Tim Huebsch, President of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation, join us for this special day.
The major theme of the retreat involved discussing the changing national higher education landscape and how our university must ‘determine our destiny’ relative to these challenges. We began the day with a panel discussion by our Cabinet Members. The panel questions focused on how each division is responding to current trends, how we are looking to implement strategic plans for continued success, and what ‘big ideas’ we can generate after looking at our peer, competitor, or aspirant universities.
We had many stimulating speakers and themes at the 12 round-table discussions. There were a variety of subjects discussed, touching each area of the university. A summary of these discussions can be found in the attached files. Additionally, a team from Institutional Diversity facilitated a very positive interactive session on micro-aggressions.
Chancellor Malhotra shared his perspective on the changing national landscape noting that to navigate the new higher education environment, institutions will need to be more flexible and adaptable than ever before. He also outlined his priorities for the Minnesota State system this year – which include:
- the success of our students,
- our commitment to diversity and equity,
- and, the financial sustainability of our colleges and universities.
He opened the floor for questions and we had the opportunity to engage in a robust conversation on many important topics.
I thank the many presenters and organizers for making the retreat highly successful again this year. I always appreciate how we can come together to discuss current issues, which then positions the University to implement initiatives for success.