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MSU Strategic Plan: Empowering Generations

Strategic Planning & Budget Council

Objectives: 1) To implement MSU’s strategic plan, Empowering Generations, and to advise in the budget development and required University budget request processes. 2) To identify priorities and create implementation calendars along with the funding mechanisms to ensure Minot State University’s success. 3) To review MSU’s strategic goals, objectives, action items, and metrics as needed.

Meeting minutes are available on Teams/Sharepoint:

Membership: Members are nominated by respective governance groups and appointed by the President and include the following: VPAA (co-chair), VPAF (co-chair), Director of Institutional Research, Director of Institutional Assessment, Director of Marketing, VP for Enrollment, Marketing, and Outreach, representative from Athletics, six faculty, three staff representatives including representation from athletics, two student representatives.

Committee Members
Laurie Geller, VPAA, Co-Chair (non-voting)
Krista Lambrecht, VPAF, Co-Chair (non-voting)
Jonelle Watson, Assistant Vice President for Business Services/Controller (non-voting)
Jacek Mrozik, Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing, and Outreach (non-voting)
Cari Olson, Director of Institutional Research
Nathan Anderson, Director of Institutional Assessment
Cole Krueger, Director of Marketing

Mike Linnell
Deb Ringham
Janna McKechnie (athletics rep)

TBD (School of Science and Health)
Holly Pedersen (School of Education and Behavioral Sciences)
Dan Conn (School of Education and Behavioral Sciences)
Joseph Jastrzembski (School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences)
Darren Seifert (School of Business, Math, and Technology)
Sue Weston (School of Business, Math, and Technology)



  1. Review annual budget requests and presentations via the annual budget process and make recommendations to President’s Staff.
  2. Get progress reports from those leading strategic planning initiatives (i.e., document progress and hold people accountable).
  3. Review new academic and co-curricular program requests, new positions, space requests, and other related requests before proceeding.
  4. Assist with program prioritization and budget cuts when appropriate.
  5. Help plan the annual strategic planning retreat.
  6. Review the information from the annual strategic planning retreat and make recommendations for updates to the strategic plan to President’s Staff.
  7. Communicate with campus constituency groups (e.g., senates) and seek total understanding and commitment by campus.
  8. Assess and publicize progress toward goals, action items, and metrics.
  9. Regularly review goals, objectives, action items, and metrics.

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