FEBRUARY 11, 2004


OSU leader wants statewide input For university's strategic plan

Oklahoma State University System CEO and President David J. Schmidly wants to hear what Oklahomans have to say about the university's strategic plan.

The OSU President told the OSU/A&M Board of Regents recently that he will host a series of town hall meetings to discuss and share a strategic plan that has been developed within the OSU System during the last several months.

"We have been engaged in an unprecedented and comprehensive strategic planning initiative designed to make OSU one of the best and most well managed higher education systems in the nation," Schmidly said. "Now we are turning to the citizens of Oklahoma for their ideas on how we can make this plan better."

Schmidly said sessions to review the strategic plan are scheduled in February at all OSU System campuses and that OSU will hold public meetings February 17 in Tulsa and February 23 in Oklahoma City. A town hall meeting in Stillwater will be telecast to 15 Oklahoma cities and their surrounding areas on February 26. Questions from viewers at these sites will be called in to the president.

In addition, the Stillwater telecast will be carried live by radio station KOSU at 91.7 FM and will be available on the OSU Home Page at www.okstate.edu so that alumni from throughout the state, nation and the world also may participate.

"Something on this scale has never been done in Oklahoma, but it is critical to get input from as many people as possible, both internally and externally, if we are to succeed in our mission to become one of the nation's premier land grant institutions," Schmidly said.

Schmidly told the regents that OSU developed the strategic plan, in part by using concepts advocated in the acclaimed management book, Good to Great. The book's author, Jim Collins, visited the OSU campus last fall. He advocates an innovative management system that is based on finding and capitalizing on the strengths of an organization or institution.

"Focusing resources, identifying strengths and having a clear vision for the future is what it will take to make OSU a more effective, responsive and productive institution that is recognized nationally for innovation and excellence," Schmidly said.

The public Tulsa session is scheduled Tuesday, February 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Madrid Room of the Renaissance Hotel at 71st and Highway 169. OSU graduate and television personality Karen Keith will serve as moderator.

Oklahoma City area residents will get an opportunity to voice their comments at a meeting Monday, February 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma City Marriott Hotel on NW Expressway. KWTV Television News 9 anchor and OSU graduate Kelly Ogle will serve as moderator.

OSU alumna, Jennifer Reynolds, a former anchor at Channel 9, will moderate the statewide telecast, scheduled Thursday, February 26, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU campus. Stillwater and area residents are invited to attend this session.

The Stillwater event will be broadcast to 15 cities across the state -- Altus, Ardmore, Bartlesville, Elk City, El Reno, Enid, Goodwell, Hugo, Lawton, McAlester, Miami, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Ponca City and Woodward,

Schmidly said that he will give a brief presentation during the town hall meetings, then respond to as many questions and comments as possible. He also promises to answer all questions that come into the OSU website.

"This is an exciting time for Oklahoma State University," Schmidly said. "Together we can take OSU to new heights and positively impact all the citizens of Oklahoma. We welcome attendance at these sessions and will appreciate any comments or suggestions."

Contact: Nestor Gonzalez, 1-405-744-6260