September 2006

Focusing on a Vision for the Future

Trustees Task Force Welcomes Ideas at September Forums
for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni

In April, GW’s Board of Trustees appointed a special Task Force on Advancement under the leadership of trustee Nelson Carbonell, chair of the Board of Trustees Committee on Advancement and Alumni Affairs. The task force, comprising
trustees, administrators, deans, faculty members, and president of the GW Alumni
Association, is charged with developing a comprehensive plan to establish a culture
of philanthropy at GW to support the University’s highest goals as defined
through GW’s Strategic Plan for Academic Excellence.

As part of this process, the task force currently is focusing on creating a 10- to 20-year Vision Statement for the University. A clear and compelling vision for the future of the University is essential for any successful fundraising effort.

In June, the University conducted a GW Leadership Retreat, at which members of the Board of Trustees and school advisory councils, plus deans, and administrators gathered to participate in the dialogue. In September, the task force will hold a series of forums with various internal groups—including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, and alumni—to gather their thoughts and ideas on a vision for the University and its leadership. As information about the upcoming forums is finalized, it will be made available on the GW News Center Web site at and shared with the University community.

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