Grebel launches new Strategic Plan

Monday, October 17, 2022

Strategic Plan 2022-2025

At the Annual General Meeting held on October 4, Conrad Grebel University College President Marcus Shantz provided an overview to Grebel’s new Strategic Plan.  Entitled “Renewing an Inspired Community,” Shantz noted that, “the main hope our stakeholders expressed was for Grebel to thrive in the future. No one advised us to radically change our identity, our programs, or our mission. Rather, they encouraged us to be good stewards of the College in the face of various challenges and pressures, so that it endures for the benefit of future generations.”  

Consultant Rebecca Sutherns assisted a process that involved faculty and staff, students, alumni, donors, the Board, and partners in the Mennonite Church and at the University of Waterloo. These conversations affirmed that Grebel is a place that inspires its people to build community, seek wisdom, and pursue peace and justice, long after they leave Grebel’s halls and classrooms.  

Four areas of focus emerged from these consultations, which centre attention on the core of the College’s mission —the student experience, excellence in learning, resilience for the future, and relationships with key partners in the university, church, and wider community.   

The plan reaches to 2025. Shantz noted that, “implementing this Strategic Plan requires us to function like a large jazz band rather than as an orchestra.  The written plan establishes the time signature, the key, and the tempo -- but improvisation and individual creativity are required in order to produce a great result.”  

“My role on the Strategic Plan Steering Committe was to act as a student voice,” explained last year’s Student Council President Jocelyn Bretzlaff. “However, I am pleased to say that I was not the only student to provide input during this process. Through virtual feedback sessions, we received valuable recommendations from a variety of student perspectives. As a result, I can confidently say that the plan's centring on students focus is well informed. It focuses on what is really important to students, and I am incredibly excited to see it come to fruition.” 

Incoming Board Chair Andrew Roth noted, “this was a helpful process for the Board as we engaged in a broader perspective that helps us provide guidance and support to the College’s administration. We are keenly aware of the need for upgrades to some of our building systems to enhance the health and comfort of our students, faculty, and staff as we try to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. We also realize the need for endowments to fund our unique programs as a Mennonite college.”  

The AGM included financial reports that documented a small deficit for 2021-22 but a strong balance sheet and progress on growing the endowment portfolio.  

Read more about Grebel's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan.

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