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Thinking Forward

In the months after taking office as the 28th president of William & Mary, Katherine A. Rowe hosted town hall forums and social media events on the Future of Knowledge, Work and Service. From more than 800 data points generated during the process, three overarching ideas developed:

  • Deep human connection is a hallmark of William & Mary.
  • The intersection of diverse modes has increasing value (fields of knowledge, skills in work and integration of service).
  • Sophistication in bridging difference, cultivated in an inclusive community, enriches our lives – at work, in service, and, most importantly, in relationships with others.

In November, President Rowe began reflecting back the input to affirm and refine those themes.

Katherine Rowe at the Future of Work forum“We’re always thinking strategically, and managing strategically. This work is not confined to a five-year or 10-year planning process, though it has defined moments that punctuate and synthesize the process. The process of strategy is best driven by widely-shared aspirations and a core sense of identity — what we have been defining all semester.”More about thinking forward...

What We've Heard

Responses gathered during the listening phase helped identify emerging themes.

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