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 modification 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, and action items as needed.

Meetings: Semi-Monthly; subcommittee meetings convening regularly to conduct research, fact-finding, and monitoring of plan.

Minutes: Archived copies

Membership: Members are nominated by respective governance groups and appointed by the President and include the following: VPAA (chair), VPAF, VPSA, Athletic Director, Associate VP, Director of Institutional Research, Director of Marketing, Director of Enrollment Services, six faculty (two from each college), two staff representatives, two student representatives.

Committee Members
Laurie Geller, VPAA, Chair
Brent Winiger, VPAF
Kevin Harmon, VPSA
Andy Carter, Athletic Director
Jacek Mrozik, Associate VP
Cari Olson, Director of Institutional Research
Teresa Loftesnes, Director of Marketing
Katie Tyler, Director of Enrollment Services

Mike Linnell
Deb Kinzell

College of Business
     Jay Wahlund
     Linda Cresap
College of Education and Health Sciences
     Ann Beste-Guldborg
     Warren Gamas
College of Arts and Sciences
     DeVera Bowles
     Nicole Thom-Arens

Haokun Yang/Cassandra Daniel
Aaron Richard

Guidance: chaired by the VPAA; agenda distributed via email by Monday of the week of the meeting and available to campus on the MSU Sharepoint site or Council website; minutes recorded and approved at the following meeting; approved minutes posted on the MSU Sharepoint site or Council website.


  1. Open and honest deliberation
  2. Institutional, data-driven viewpoint
  3. All key issues and topics affecting institution are to be raised and discussed
  4. All decisions are supported externally


  1. Review annual budget proposals and presentations via the annual budget process and make recommendations to President’s Staff.
  2. Get progress reports from those leading strategic planning initiatives at monthly meetings (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.
  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 and action items.
  9. Regularly review goals, objectives, and action items.

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