Dear Colleagues and Friends of Merrimack College,

Over the past decade, the demographics, economics and globalization of higher education have been changing rapidly. These profound changes have made it imperative that small residential colleges like Merrimack engage in a serious process for determining what the future holds 5, 10 and 20 years from now.

Beginning last October, the vice presidents, deans, leaders of the Faculty Senate, and members of my staff engaged in an important conversation about the future direction of Merrimack College. This strategic planning group then solicited feedback and input from stakeholders throughout the Merrimack community, including faculty, staff, and students.

This effort has resulted in a 10-year strategic plan that is rooted in our Augustinian tradition and embodies our mission to actively engage the passion and emotion of our hearts with the discipline provided by intellect and reason. This plan will enable us to confidently drive toward our vision of creating a highly ranked, internationally respected, selective masters comprehensive Catholic college, which is residential, student-centered, professionally focused and rigorous in the liberal arts, sciences, and business.

I am grateful to all who contributed their candid and constructive input and feedback throughout this process.

Our goals are ambitious, our opportunities are great, and our energy and passion for a better future for Merrimack College is strong and unanimous.

Christopher Hopey