Strategic Planning Project 2019 | Hartford Seminary

Strategic Planning Project 2019

Welcome to Hartford Seminary’s Strategic Planning Project page, where you will find information and resources about this important initiative.

The Seminary launched this project on Sept. 16, 2019 with the goal of creating a plan that will lead us in the future. Since then, the project steering team, co-led by Professor Deena Grant and Trustee Nancy Roberts, and our project partner rpk GROUP have been collecting data and conducting interviews with faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees. Additionally, the project steering team has been engaged in drafting a shared future vision (SFV) for Hartford Seminary. This SFV is reflective of, but not the same as, our mission statement. As a reminder, Hartford Seminary’s mission is to serve God:

  • By preparing leaders, students, scholars and religious institutions to understand and live faithfully in today’s multi-faith and pluralistic world;
  • By teaching, research, informing the public and engaging persons in dialogue;
  • By affirming the particularities of faith and social context while openly exploring differences and commonalities

Our November 4 Board of Trustees meeting will be an important milestone in the planning process, allowing us to share some early learnings from the data collection and interviews with our Trustees. We’ll also share our thinking about possible strategic focus teams for the project. These strategic focus teams will be formed around strategic opportunities that we believe warrant deeper exploration. They will be led and staffed by Hartford Seminary members, drawing on the experience and expertise of our community. Our goal is to present a final draft of the strategic plan to the Board of Trustees at their March meeting, and to be able to share a final plan with the larger seminary community by April.

If you have questions or want to provide input to the process, please use the dedicated email we have created for this project: planning@hartsem.edu.

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