Strategic plan committee sets session in Sylva

A Western Carolina University committee tasked with revising the university’s “2020 Vision” strategic plan will host two additional town hall meetings – one in Cullowhee, the other in Sylva – to solicit input from members of the campus and surrounding communities.

Remaining sessions are scheduled for:

* Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

Sessions already have been held in the Health and Human Sciences Building in Cullowhee and at WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville.

A 20-member committee chaired by Carol Burton, associate provost for undergraduate studies, is conducting a holistic review and revision of WCU’s “2020 Vision” plan, tweaking the plan to address changes that have occurred since the document was approved by the Board of Trustees five years ago. The committee is expected to complete its work in time for trustees’ meeting in March 2018.

“It is imperative for the campus community to own its collective future, and the best way to do that is through active participation in the town hall meetings that are being hosted by the 2020 Strategic Plan Update Committee,” said WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher. “These meetings provide opportunities for members of our community to share their thoughts and desires about our campus priorities and direction.”

Members of the committee also are holding meetings with various groups – including the Alumni Board, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Student Government Association and WCU Foundation Board – to receive their targeted input, Burton said.

In addition, committee members have established a website ( to gather input from interested individuals.