This new strategic planning site has been created to share information with the campus and community during the planning and implementation process. The process began in June with the creation of a Steering Committee that includes faculty, students, staff, and Council of Trustee members.
Strategic Planning Updates
Draft Four of ESU’s Strategic Plan
Visit the archive page to download older versions and files.
Please keep your voices loud and strong relative to this process! The strategic plan is a representation of our entire campus community and each of you plays an integral role in its success and our future as an institution.
Strategic Planning Steering Committee:
- Marcia G. Welsh Ph.D., President
- Mr. Pat Ross, Chair, Council of Trustees
- Mr. Robert Willever, Council of Trustees
- Beth Sockman Ph.D., Associate Professor, Media Communication & Technology
- Carol Miller Ph.D., Associate Professor, Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management
- Shawn Munford PhD., Assistant Professor, Movement Activities & Lifetime Fitness
- Brenda Friday Ph.D., Director, University Relations
- Mr. Curt Burton, Communication Operation Specialist, Instructional Resources
- Ms. Cornelia Sewell-Allen, Coordinator, Multicultural Affairs
- Mr. Justin Amann, President, Student Senate1
- Ms. Atiba Khan, Chair of Finance, Student Senate1
- Robert Fleishman Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Business and Management1
- Shannon Frystak Ph.D., Associate Professor of History1
- Keith Vanic Ph.D., Associate Professor of Athletic Training1
- Mr. Carter McClure, Manager of the Business Accelerator1
- Drew Johnson, Student Senate1
- Daniel Hagan, Student Senate1
Facilitator: Ms. Ann Duffield, Ann Duffield & Colleagues Consulting Group
Scribe: Mr. Miguel Barbosa, Chief of Staff
1Task Force Co-Chairs
The committee was also part of the process that recommended members for four Task Force groups that will lead the conversations based on the following strategic plan aspirations and focus areas. These four groups will be chaired by faculty or staff and co-chaired by students. The groups include faculty, students, staff, and community members. Click on a group link on the left for the Task Force membership.
It is the hope of the Steering Committee that the campus and community collaborate with the task forces to make this process a successful one. They need your ideas and input to make this new strategic plan a valuable one for our university. Please make sure to participate during the process.
June and July 2013- Initial Steering Committee Meetings
August 2013- Task Force Member Recommendations to Steering Committee for consideration.
September 2013- Initial Task Force group meetings.
October 2013- Task Force reports to Steering Committee
November 2013- Steering Committee interim report reviews
December 2013- Steering Committee final report review
January 2014- Steering Committee report completed for President
ESU will be an innovative and entrepreneurial university—educationally, socially, organizationally, and culturally—with an emphasis on quality and collaboration in everything we provide. As a scholarly community, its faculty, students, staff, administrators, and affiliates will be encouraged to be innovative and to explore opportunities that will constantly energize and improve its mission as a learning community of the 21st Century. As a "university without walls," its sense of community will extend well beyond campus boundaries to embrace ESU’s surrounding communities and region to become a model that other organizations will want to emulate.
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania will provide:
- Challenging and contemporary undergraduate and graduate curricula that engage and
equip undergraduate, graduate, and adult students to critically appraise and apply
knowledge in their lives and chosen fields of study.
- A scholarly community that promotes diversity and views learning as the university's
- Varied opportunities for student and faculty research, creative endeavors, and
involvement in public service.
- Leadership and service in the educational, cultural and economic development of the
The ESU community is committed to the principles of intellectual integrity, freedom of
expression, the fair and equal treatment of all, good citizenship, environmental stewardship,
and accountability for our actions and the resources entrusted to us.
About President Welsh:
Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. was appointed as the 13th president of ESU in April 2012 by the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and assumed her role as the first female president of ESU in July 2012.
Dr. Welsh earned both her undergraduate degree in physical sciences and master’s degree in anatomy from Colorado State University, and her doctoral degree in anatomy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, has presented at a number of national conferences, and has been involved with a variety of community organizations, She is serving the local and regional communities in multiple capacities including: the Northampton Community College Monroe Campus Advisory Board, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities (NEPACU), and the Buck Hill-Skytop Musical Festival board. As president of East Stroudsburg University, Dr. Welsh is also a member of the Marine Science Consortium (MSC) board of directors, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Welsh pursued both administrative and academic career paths prior to her presidency at ESU. She began her academic career in 1978 as an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She remained at USC for 23 years, rising through the ranks to professor and also serving as chair of the Faculty Senate and acting chair of her department before being named associate provost and dean of the Graduate School. Later in her career, she was named senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of Adelphi University in 2001, a position she held for seven years. Dr. Welsh then became provost of Towson University in 2009, and also served as interim president of the university during 2011.
She is married to Dr. Louis Terracio, vice dean of research and professor at NYU’s College of Dentistry. They have three children: Nate, Matthew, and Mallory, and one grandchild, Giovanni.