Sustaining the Promise
During 2012, Saint Joseph’s College celebrated its centennial. It was a year to both look back on our past and, appropriately, turn toward the future.
At its December 2012 Board Meeting, the Trustees of Saint Joseph’s College asked us to undertake a new strategic planning process. The result of that process is Sustaining the Promise: Toward Saint Joseph’s College’s Second Hundred Years.
The plan calls upon us to think about our future in an entrepreneurial manner; to use our natural assets in new ways that align with our mission, promise financial stability, and enable us to redevelop our campus to better serve our students, our community, and our region.
This vision of a 21st-century learning destination for a more diverse student body has been embraced not only by the College community but also by educators and thought leaders in Maine and beyond, who recognize its potential for positioning Saint Joseph’s to play a vital role in support of Maine’s future.
Inherent in the plan is a dedication to wellness and sustainability as we move forward with our goal to become widely recognized as an exemplary 21st- century, Catholic, liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition.
A key strategic initiative in our plan is the development of mission-aligned businesses on campus. Designed to provide new learning opportunities for a diverse student body, these businesses will address emerging needs in Maine and operate as sustainable enterprises producing net revenue for the College.
To guide their development, the College has formed the Mission-Aligned Businesses Advisory Council, an impressive team of thought leaders, business professionals, and officials. Co-chaired by former Maine Governor John Baldacci, and Ron Phillips, retired founding president of Coastal Enterprises, Inc., the Council has two of the state’s most seasoned economic development leaders at the helm.
An “evergreen” plan, with 5-year detailed and 10-year aspirational windows, Sustaining the Promise envisions the transformation of the heart of our campus, which will have a positive impact on academics, student life and spirituality, athletics, career services, and community-based learning. Inherent in the plan is a dedication to wellness and sustainability as we move forward with our goal to become widely recognized as an exemplary 21st- century, Catholic, liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition.