September 22, 2016

Dear Rider Community,

Our strategic planning got off to a strong start this past spring with the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analyses conducted by each of the six working groups and the Steering Committee. It is clear that much effort and thought went into these analyses and that we are well on our way to developing a meaningful and realistic plan for Rider’s future. The SWOT analyses are available on myRider, through the announcements channel.

From that work, the Steering Committee identified five strategic themes for guiding the goal setting and action planning by the working groups this fall. The Steering Committee consists of the Cabinet, deans, working group chairs, several Trustees and at-large faculty and students.

As I announced at Convocation earlier this month, the strategic themes, as currently proposed, are:

  • Our unwavering focus on student growth and development
  • The importance of our people
  • The strategic management and investment of our resources
  • The branding, marketing and promotion of our University
  • Our commitment to planning, implementation and continuous improvement

Working groups will complete draft goals and action plans by Thanksgiving at which time the Steering Committee will begin building a final plan from each of the group’s contributions. The Board of Trustees will meet in January to review the draft plan in depth before making a final decision at its February meeting.


There are several opportunities for our broader campus communities to provide feedback and raise questions and concerns regarding the process to date. They are open to all faculty, staff, administrators and students.

October Forums and Canvas Site
A total of 125 faculty, staff and students attended forums on the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses on October 6 and 13 to learn more about the strategic planning process and to provide feedback regarding the proposed new mission, strategic themes and values.

In addition to these forums, a Canvas site has been established to provide opportunities for feedback.  Faculty, staff and students are invited to join the strategic planning discussion by enrolling on the Canvas site at and participating in the discussion groups related to the proposed themes, mission and values. To access the site via the mobile app, please use the following links: iOS | Android

For more information about the process, please read President Dell’Omo’s strategic planning update and check out material posted on the announcements channel on myRider. You can also reach out to Debbie Stasolla, Associate Vice President for Planning, via email at [email protected] or by calling 609-896-5228.

February Forums
February forums are scheduled as follows to discuss the draft Strategic Plan proposed by the Steering Committee and initially reviewed by the Board. The draft plan will be posted at the end of January.

  • February 2, 2017
    11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    North Hall 202
    Lawrenceville campus
  • February 9, 2017
    11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Talbott 1
    Westminster campus


I should also note that good work continues by two other working groups specific to our Middle States self-study. They are the Standard V and Ethics, Integrity and Compliance working groups.

As a reminder, our strategic planning and academic and student affairs prioritization processes along with the work of these two additional groups are the basis for our Middle States self-study as part of our decennial accreditation, the site visit for which will take place in spring 2018. Self-study is intended to advance institutional self-understanding and self-improvement while also demonstrating compliance with Middle States’ standards and federal requirements. Debbie Stasolla, Associate Vice President for Planning, and Brooke Hunter, Associate Professor of History and Director of American Studies, are co-chairing our self-study.

I encourage you to review our self-study design, available on myRider, that outlines our self-study process and timetable for the next year and a half. The design was submitted to Middle States this month in preparation for a visit by our Vice President liaison, Dr. Sean McKitrick, on September 29. I look forward to our continuing work together on these extremely important and exciting university initiatives. The inclusive nature of this work will build on Rider’s past successes while also setting the stage for the next phase of the University’s dynamic evolution as an institution that proudly serves its students with distinction.

Thank you,

Gregory G. Dell’Omo
President of Rider University

Working Groups and Steering Committee

The participation and support of our University community – faculty, staff, students, alumni and Trustees – are key to the success of this important work. Working groups, each focusing on a particular area, include representation from each of these constituencies.  The working groups and their chairs are as follows:

Strategic Planning Working Groups

  • Academic Excellence and Engaged Learning
    Jonathan Millen, chair
  • Student Enrollment, Experience and Outcomes
    Todd Weber, chair
  • Institutional Reputation and Branding
    Kelly Bidle, chair
  • Financial Resources
    Jason Chiu, chair
  • Facilities and Infrastructure
    Karin Klim, chair
  • Employee Engagement and Enrichment
    Donna Disbrow and Bosah Ebo, co-chair

Middle States Self-Study Working Groups

  • Standard V
    Ed Barboni, chair
  • Ethics, Integrity and Compliance
    Marshall Onofrio, chair