After much discussion, consultation, and with a strong will to advance Cape Breton University, we now have a strategic plan that will guide our decision-making over the next five years. The directions within the plan were conceived through an inclusive, open, and broad consultation process. The process was endorsed by the CBU Board of Governors, led by a steering committee of CBU representatives, and welcomed with much enthusiasm by CBU faculty and staff and Cape Breton Island communities. When we began this journey, we committed to a process that was transparent and resulted in outcomes that were not pre-determined. We achieved that objective.
I want to thank my Co-Chair, Dr. Vicky Salazar and Faculty Advisor Dr. Rod Nicholls, for their commitment to, and guidance throughout, this process; the members of the Steering Committee and Working Committee for all of their hard work; and all who participated throughout the process for their contributions. We should all be proud of the work we’ve accomplished and the energy that has been ignited on and off our campus. The level of engagement we experienced speaks volumes to the importance of Cape Breton University to our region. In each boot camp, special event, pop-up session, consultation, and community conversation that took place, the sense of pride that people have for CBU was evident.
We’ve paid homage to our history and committed to thinking differently as we work toward our vision, and we have five strong directions and accompanying strategies that will guide us as we move forward with strategic purpose. The plan is a product of a shared commitment to advance Cape Breton University, and in doing so we will positively impact the communities of Cape Breton Island.
Working together and living our values, we will sustain the momentum created during the strategic planning process as we execute our plan.
Yours very truly,
David C. Dingwall
President & Vice-Chancellor