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UNG/Gainesville hosting initial strategic planning session

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DAHLONEGA - To support the University of North Georgia (UNG) strategic planning process, the newly announced leaders of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee last week launched "Engaging UNG: Planning for Excellence." The series of meetings is designed to highlight opportunities for the campus communities and other constituents to help shape the plan.

The final session in the current series of meetings will be held Friday on UNG's Gainesville campus. However, UNG spokeswoman Kate Maine says there will be "many more activities and opportunities for involvement occurring over the next few months."

President Bonita Jacobs announced to faculty and staff on Oct. 4 that this part of the planning process will be guided by Dr. Patricia Donat, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and that Dr. J.B. Sharma, professor and assistant department head of physics, will chair the new Strategic Planning Steering Committee. Assisting him as co-chair is Dr. Andrew J. Leavitt, vice president for university advancement and professor of chemistry.

"I believe this team will be particularly effective," Donat said. "Dr. Sharma's personal style, his credentials and the respect he has earned from our faculty, coupled with Dr. Leavitt's academic background and administrative experience, result in a powerful and creative combination."

Sharma and Leavitt have been charged with getting broad input from the campus communities and stakeholders. Toward that end, "Engaging UNG: Planning for Excellence," will feature many opportunities for involvement.

"I want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate in this process and to have their voice heard," Jacobs said.

A series of town hall-style meetings to share information about the process has been scheduled. The first was held last Thursday on the main campus in Dahlonega. The other meetings are planned this week.

Tuesday, Oct. 22: 3-4 p.m., Oconee Campus
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