Illuminating Inquiry

Creating a Strategic Plan for Trinity University

The strategic planning process helps the Trinity community light the path ahead. Together, we will develop a shared vision for the University, one that honors our 150-year foundation while illuminating our future as a national liberal arts college. We seek to elevate our differentiators and to evolve without compromising our essence. Our creativity and curiosity compel us to continue answering questions and questioning answers—supporting, enlightening, and equipping graduates for lives of meaning and purpose.

Message from the President

Trinity Community,

We’ve reached a pivotal moment in Trinity’s history, and thus it is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to join me in our strategic planning process to chart the future. This process will help us discover and illuminate key opportunities to enhance its impact on our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.

I invite all stakeholders to engage actively in this transformative process. Your ideas, perspectives, and conversations are invaluable in crafting a comprehensive plan that reflects our shared values. Together, we will ensure that Trinity remains at the forefront of innovation and inquiry on a national scale. I look forward to the innovative strategies and ideas that will emerge during this process and to a future where Trinity University continues to bring learning to life.

Vanessa B. Beasley
President, Trinity University




Building Trinity’s strategic plan is a community effort.

Over the course of one year, the University will engage its campus and broader community in a highly collaborative, multi-step approach that combines insight and institutional knowledge with translating strategy into actionable plans.

Ways to Engage

Trinity faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents will all have opportunities to share voices and ideas—in fact, our University is relying on creative proposals and diverse perspectives to drive us toward a shared vision together. 

Community workshop and event information will be available here and on

Select or small-group opportunities will be communicated via the Trinity TUday newsletter or through individual emails.

What to Expect

So, what is a strategic plan, anyway? And why does Trinity University need one?

A strategic plan is a structured roadmap outlining an organization's long-term goals, objectives, and aspirations. Trinity’s strategic plan will guide priority setting, decision making, and resource allocation in pursuit of a shared vision for the University.

Here’s what you can expect from the process, which will result in a fully developed plan in Fall 2024:

  Strategic Planning Working Groups

In Spring 2024, Trinity will establish stragetic planning working groups consisting of Board members, students, faculty, staff, and alumni. These groups will be composed of leaders and thinkers from across campus, spanning all divisions and incorporating myriad perspectives. They will help guide ideation, development, and dissemination of the new plan for Trinity.

  Strategic Prioritization

Your input in Phase 3 of this process will set the course for strategic prioritization in Phases 4 and 5. Combining community feedback with comprehensive research, assessment, and review, Trinity will identify both emergent and long-term priorities and their associated objectives using a balanced scorecard.

  Desired Outcomes

Upon completion of the strategic planning process, Trinity will have a multi-year strategic plan that outlines ambitious yet achievable goals, improves organizational alignment, enhances our decision-making processes, and sustains our growth—all in pursuit of Trinity’s mission and in honor of Trinity’s values. 

  Opportunities to Share Your Voice

The University will seek input, ideas, and feedback from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families of current students. Small-group opportunities to engage in the planning process will be communicated directly to each group, while community-wide opportunities will be shared publicly. See Ways to Engage for current collaborative opportunities.

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Leadership and Support

University Leadership
The Executive Leadership Team is your resource for feedback and updates.

Board of Trustees
Learn more about Board support of this initiative.

Meet Kennedy & Company
These strategic partners will guide Trinity through a collaborative and data-driven planning process.

Additional Information

Mission and Values
Trinity’s mission and core values will be crucial guides of the planning process.

Student Profile
What type of student finds a home at Trinity? Explore the student profile.


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