Working Groups

During the planning process, six working groups worked diligently on various areas of the Strategic Plan.

Academic Futures

Academic Offerings and Platforms

Group Synopsis

The Academic Futures working group is exploring several exciting topics. These topics include the

  • structure and governance of the university,
  • enrollment in all OU programs,
  • academic advising and support/career services,
  • high demand programs now and in the future, and,
  • innovative teaching methods for future students.

Meet the Working Group Team Members

Get to know the members of the working group more by clicking on their photo and learn what it means to them to be part of the Strategic Planning process.

Lyn Wagner, MS, CPA

Lyn Wagner, MS, CPA

FACILITATOR, Academic Futures Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Associate Professor of Accounting

Diann DeWitt, PhD, RN, CNE

Diann DeWitt, PhD, RN, CNE

FACILITATOR, Academic Futures Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Associate Professor, Nursing

Lead Faculty, MSN Program

 

Kate Bayne

Kate Bayne

Director of Enrollment Management, OU Online

Steve Boese, PhD

Steve Boese, PhD

Professor of Biology
Chair, Division of Math and Natural Sciences

Patricia Marsh, PhD

Patricia Marsh, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology

Kristen Moore, PhD

Kristen Moore, PhD

Associate Professor of Business

Interim Academic Dean, OU-Online

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Janet Peters, JD

Janet Peters, JD

Vice President for Advancement

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Trish Hernandez, PsyD

Trish Hernandez, PsyD

Director of Graduate Studies in Counseling

Affordability and Accessiblity

DEI

Group Synopsis

The dual themes of affordability and accessibility emerge naturally from Ottawa University’s history, mission, and values. As we set strategic priorities for the coming years, we are called to redefine affordability by balancing the costs we impose with the educational value we provide, to fulfill our promise to prepare students for lives of “personal significance” and “vocational fulfillment.” At the same time, we must reaffirm our commitment to accessibility in higher education, responding to early twenty-first century realities like discrimination and income inequality.

This group is focused on:

  • How might we better understand and address the evolving needs of our students and their families, improve our students’ academic success and cocurricular experiences, reduce social and financial barriers, embrace diversity, foster inclusion, and contribute to the public good?
  • How do we ensure that all students—across the institution—have equitable access to career development, writing support, full-time faculty presence, library resources, tutoring, and mentoring?

Bullet Points:

  • Create a more sustainable budget
  • Create and strengthen academic support programs alongside instruction
  • Increase the value of students' experience
  • Embrace diversity and practice inclusion
  • Reduce barriers students and their families face (i.e. financial barriers)

 

Meet the Working Group Team Members

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Karen Ohnesorge, PhD

Karen Ohnesorge, PhD

FACILITATOR, Affordability and Accessibility Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Professor of English

Sarah Eberle

Sarah Eberle

FACILITATOR, Affordability and Accessibility Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Dean of Student Affairs, OUAZ

Brittney Kellar

Brittney Kellar

Assistant Athletic Director, OUAZ

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Andy Otto

Andy Otto

Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions, OUKS

Mary Reed

Mary Reed

Associate Director of Financial Aid, OUAZ

Destini Salas

Destini Salas

OUKS Undergraduate Student

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Bruce Tate

Bruce Tate

Associate Director of Athletics

Coordinator of Student-Athlete Success

Nancy Wingert

Nancy Wingert

Executive Vice President, OU Online

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Building Inward

Finances, Human Capital and Technology

Group Synopsis

The Building Inward group is responsible for studying the internal facets of the University’s operation. Our work has led us to three areas of focus: finances and sustainability, technology, and human capital. Finances and sustainability topics include questions such as the budgeting process, debt reduction, and capital projects. Technology topics include questions such as systems and staffing. Human capital topics include questions such as staffing, compensation and benefits, employee satisfaction, and internal communication.

 

Meet the Working Group Team Members

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Allen Reger

Allen Reger

FACILITATOR, Building Inward Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Director of Finance Advising, OU Online

Tom Corley

Tom Corley

FACILITATOR, Building Inward Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Controller

Director of Finance

Terry Haines, EdD

Terry Haines, EdD

University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Professor of Education

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Colleen Huffman

Colleen Huffman

Assistant Dean for Academic Operations, OUKS

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson

Chief Adminsitrative Officer, OUAZ

Janet Kincaid

Janet Kincaid

Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Deputy Regional Director for the FDIC

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Brandi Servaes

Brandi Servaes

Director of Software Solutions

Joanna Walters

Joanna Walters

Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Engaging Outward

Advancement / Partnerships, Marketing / Communication, International 

Group Synopsis

Engaging Outward workgroup is focusing on advancement and partnerships, marketing and communications and international programs. Ottawa University has multiple locations in the Southwest and Midwest United States with a legacy in the international education market place. Engaging Outward will utilize constituent groups as a resource for best practice engagement in the market areas Ottawa University serves.

The University will deliver quarterly sponsored events/programming through Board, alumni and OU market place stakeholders to maximize advancement partnership opportunities. The programming will maintain University brand and message integrity while being targeted within identified priorities and interests within the marketplaces.

The successful implementation of the quarterly events/programming will identify, grow and expand donor, grant, corporate, public, church, tribal, and alumni relationships and opportunities for advancement. An example could be to that through this programming, opportunities would be established to create and/or expand international study abroad and travel for students.

Strategically implementing a unified brand and message throughout the University and its stakeholders will elevate the brand awareness within the marketplace. Strengthening current marketing efforts through this unification will allow each market to reach their constituency group while also ensuring that a single message is coordinated throughout the University. Coordination will reinforce branding and better alignment for continued growth throughout the University.

 

Meet the Working Group Team Members

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Mike Hoover

Mike Hoover

FACILITATOR, Engaging Outward Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Assistant Director of Economic Development, City of Surprise (AZ)

Marylou DeWald, PhD

Marylou DeWald, PhD

FACILITATOR, Engaging Outward Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Dean, Global Initiatives

Dean, Angell Snyder School of Business

Professor of Business

 

Garrett Brown

Garrett Brown

Director of Annual Giving, Athletic and Digital Fundraising

Andrea Cook, MA

Andrea Cook, MA

Assistant Dean for Academic Operations (AOP)

Freda Richards

Freda Richards

Director of Marketing Creative Services, OUAZ

Katie Sowers

Katie Sowers

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Danny Trent

Danny Trent

Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Attorney, Perry & Trent LLC

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Reggies Wenyika, EdD

Reggies Wenyika, EdD

President, OUKS

Professor of Education and Religion

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

One University

Coming Together

Group Synopsis

The One University committee have had multiple discussions about the items noted from the larger strategic plan group. Within these discussions, we shared our viewpoints from our roles to help determine the scope of how the committee operates. Because of these discussions, the committee determined the following.

  • Findings
    • Recommendations for efficient operation between campus locations
      • Improved Communication
      • Implement Best Practices
      • Similar technology solutions between departments
      • Redundant knowledge base between locations
    • Supporting campus locations
      • Campus locations being invested in achievements for other locations. Including social media posts, supporting events and knowledge sharing
    • Supporting users
      • Focus on providing ubiquitous support and support methodology for end users to resolve any issues they have in an efficient manner

These findings helped us sculpt the questions for faculty/staff & students. The results of the questions will help determine recommendations on how to resolve the identified issues and other operational opportunities. The questions are intended to spotlight the following

  • Focus on interactions with campus locations
  • What issues arise in those communications?
  • How can those communications and interactions improve?
  • Focus on student support experience
  • Challenge departments to identify opportunities to combine support efforts to provide superior support to students
  • Student feedback regarding departmental support

 

Meet the Working Group Team Members

Get to know the members of the working group more by clicking on their photo and learn what it means to them to be part of the Strategic Planning process.

Wynndee Lee

Wynndee Lee

FACILITATOR, One University Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Life Trustee, Board of Trustees

Director of Major Gifts, Ottawa University

Community Development Director, City of Ottawa (retired)

Adam Caylor

Adam Caylor

FACILITATOR, One University Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

 

Arabie Conner, MS

Arabie Conner, MS

Director of Athletics, OUKS

Barbara Dinneen, PhD

Barbara Dinneen, PhD

Professor of English

Lead Faculty, Liberal Arts Studies

Craig Kispert

Craig Kispert

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Frank Nainoa, MA

Frank Nainoa, MA

Academic Dean, OUAZ

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Brian Patterson

Brian Patterson

Director of Wisconsin Campus Operations

Brian Sandusky, PhD

Brian Sandusky, PhD

Chief Enrollment Officer, OUAZ
Associate Professor Business Administration

The Student Experience

Putting Students First

Group Synopsis

Does the quality of education, rigor, co-curricular experience, career readiness, and job placement at Ottawa University warrant the cost of attendance? We are using surveys, focus groups, and student retention and exit survey data to answer the following questions:

Athletics – Non-Athletes vs. Athletes

  • Is our current recruiting structure sustainable?
  • How can we grow other programs to increase the non-athlete population? (i.e., Music, art & theatre).
  • Are realistic expectations given to students when they are recruited? How does that impact the student experience?

Support Staff  

  • Do internal departments affect the student experience? Positive or negative? Do our internal practices cause poor student experience? 
  • Do we have the structure to support provisionally accepted students who need additional support to retain, persist, and graduate?
  • How do we make OU the university where students want to be?

Career Services 

  • How would a student define “career services”? What do they need to support them in this area?  
  • How are our students being prepared for the workforce? What are our gaps?

Mission and Values 

  • Is our mission statement still relevant to the current culture and structure?
  • How well is our mission statement put to practice?

 

Meet the Working Group Team Members

Get to know the members of the working group more by clicking on their photo and learn what it means to them to be part of the Strategic Planning process.

Donald Anderson

Donald Anderson

FACILITATOR, The Student Experience Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Dean of Student Life and Services, OUKS

John Holzhuter

John Holzhuter

FACILITATOR, The Student Experience Working Group (Strategic Planning)

University Chaplain

Managing Director, Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality

Sydney Aea

Sydney Aea

OUAZ Undergraduate Student

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Alan Boelter

Alan Boelter

Director of Campus Ministries, OUAZ

Jamie Fields

Jamie Fields

Director of Student Services and Academic Advising, OU Online

Jaime Fuentes, MEdT

Jaime Fuentes, MEdT

Lead Professor, Information Sciences and Technology Institute at Ottawa University

Aaron Siebenthall, MA

Aaron Siebenthall, MA

Head Men's Basketball Coach, OUKS

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Director of Athletic Academic Development

Assistant Athletic Director for Community Relations

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Dennis Tyner, PhD

Dennis Tyner, PhD

President, OUAZ

Professor of Science

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee