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UND sets Feb. 17 launch event to begin planning for new Strategic Plan; co-chairs named

A Presidential Strategic Planning Launch and Open House is set for Thursday, Feb. 17, in the small ballroom of  the Memorial Union, as President Armacost kicks off the process for our next Strategic Plan. UND photo.

As UND’s current Strategic Plan comes to a close at the end of 2022, the next plan to shape the University’s future is already being envisioned.

As the University grows and adapt to its changing environment, the new plan will build on institutional strengths, providing the greatest opportunity for positive, long-term impact on campus, the community, state and region.

“The Strategic Plan must reflect great aspiration while focusing on excellence in education and research, building a sense of community both on and off campus and creating a sense of creativity and innovation across all of UND,” said President Andrew Armacost. “I am looking forward to working together with you, members of the campus community, as well as other friends of the University in charting our future course.”

Andrew Armacost

Feb. 17 Strategic Plan kickoff event with President Armacost

A Presidential Strategic Planning Launch and Open House is set for Thursday, Feb. 17, in the small ballroom of  the Memorial Union, as President Armacost kicks off the process for our next Strategic Plan:

  • President’s Remarks: 10-10:30 a.m.
  • Open House: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Drop in, visit with President Armacost, and provide feedback.

Campus and community input will drive the development of UND’s next Strategic Plan, which reflects greater aspirations and cohesion among campus and community partners. It will also provide a clearly articulated vision, mission and core values to guide future institutional decision making. UND is seeking collaborators, bold thinkers, positive risk takers, innovators, dreamers, doers, entrepreneurs and those who believe in higher education’s power to make a difference in our communities to help kick off the planning process.

Strategic Planning Co-Chairs Named

UND also is pleased to announce James Mochoruk and Lynette Krenelka as co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee.

James Mochoruk

Mochoruk is a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of History who joined the UND faculty in 1993. A decorated researcher and teacher, Mochoruk has won multiple awards, including an “Outstanding Graduate Teachers Award,” “North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award,” and the “Faculty Star Presidential Scholars Award.” He specializes in Canadian, Canadian-U.S., British and British Imperial histories, and has developed a strong interest in First Nations history on both sides of the Canda-U.S. border. In addition, he’s a prolific academic author, publisher and winner of three “Margaret McWilliams Awards” from the Manitoba Historical Society for books he has written. Long an advocate for shared governance at UND, Mochoruk has chaired the UND History Department and the University Senate, and served on several other leadership panels.

Mochoruk earned his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Winnipeg, and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba.

Krenelka is the executive director of UND’s Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA). Under Krenelka’s leadership, TTaDA was named a 2021

recipient of the “WCET Outstanding Work” (WOW) Award from the Western Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) for applying innovative solutions to

Lynette Krenelka

challenging educational needs. She also is diirector of the Office of Extended Learning, leading UND’s non-credit programming and self-paced, enroll anytime courses. Over more than 35 years at UND, she led UND’s Distance Degree Programs and the Division of Continuing Education. Krenelka has served on multiple search committees and is a member of the Senate Online and Distance Education Committee. Krenelka also sat on the conference planning committee of  WCET, and served as program chair, secretary and board member of the ASEE’s Continuing Professional Development Division. She has published a book chapter, titled A Review of the Short Life of the U.S. Open University (New Directions for Higher Education, 2009), and wrote a grantwriting manual that has been used in workshops throughout the United States.

Krenelka also is a three-time degree recipient from UND, earning her bachelor’s in public administration, a master’s in research methodologies, and her Ph.D. in educational leadership.

Learn more about the overall planning process for the new Strategic Plan, committee developments and other ways you can get involved at the Strategic Planning website.

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