Jan. 23 Town Hall to focus on Penn State's Strategic Plan

Faculty and staff from all University campuses invited to participate

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On Jan. 23, Penn State Provost Nick Jones will host a Town Hall meeting for the University community to discuss the University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, “Our Commitment to Impact.” The event will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus. It will also be livestreamed at for community members at all Penn State campuses to view.

Jones will be joined by Marie Hardin, dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications; Stephanie Lanza, director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center; and Kevin Snider, chancellor of Penn State New Kensington, who as a panel will discuss the Strategic Plan and take the community’s questions related to the plan and its priorities.

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS NOW: Faculty and staff from all Penn State locations are invited to submit questions in advance and during the event using an anonymous online form, or by email at The identities of people submitting questions by email will not be shared.

About Penn State’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan: ‘Our Commitment to Impact’

Penn State’s Strategic Plan for the five calendar years comprising 2016 through 2020 was the result of a broad and inclusive two-year process that involved unit-level planning for 48 academic and administrative units across the University.

Penn State’s vision, mission, and institutional values are interwoven throughout the plan, and ultimately drive its success. Five foundations underpin all University endeavors and are considered fundamental to implementing the plan. These foundations — Enabling Access to Education, Engaging Our Students, Fostering and Embracing a Diverse World, Enhancing Global Engagement, Driving Economic Development, and Ensuring a Sustainable Future — connect to, empower, and sustain Penn State’s values as an institution.

The plan supports five thematic priorities: Transforming Education, Enhancing Health, Stewarding our Planet’s Resources, Advancing the Arts and Humanities, and Driving Digital Innovation.

Readers may visit the Strategic Plan website to learn more.

About the Town Hall

Since 2015, Town Hall meetings have provided opportunities for members of the Penn State community to receive updates on University initiatives, hear from administrative leaders about key issues, ask questions and provide feedback. Archives of previous town halls and other related content are available at

Last Updated September 04, 2020